- The Prime Minister pledged to oppose anti-vaxxers who oppose the polio vaccination campaign.
- Prime Minister hailed polio workers, security personnel as national “heroes”.
- WHO representative says Pakistan will be polio free in a few years.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar on Tuesday reiterated the government’s resolve to eliminate polio virus to ensure a “polio-free” Pakistan.
Addressing a function on World Polio Day in the federal capital, the Prime Minister vowed to oppose persons propagating against polio vaccination.
“I can assure [you] That we’re gonna get it. We will make this dream come true. we will never back down […] This will always be a journey forward,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Kakar said that those opposing polio vaccination are partnering with the forces of darkness. He emphasized the role of religious leaders and social figures in countering such anti-vaxxing narratives.
“Today is a day to remember how far we have come and how important polio eradication efforts are. Pakistan cannot become a reason for pulling the world back. We must move forward to 2024 with the realization of how important global eradication is [of poliovirus] is on our shoulders.”
“We must leave no room for [polio] to spread the virus, and [must] Reach every child before vaccination [polio]The virus has a chance to permanently change their lives,” the Prime Minister said, expressing hope that the country will be polio-free by this time next year.
The Prime Minister also recognized the sacrifices of polio workers and security personnel and called them “heroes” for working in challenging environments, facing social barriers and even threats to their safety.
Meanwhile, expressing her views on the occasion, World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan representative Palitha Mahipala said that the country will get rid of this serious disease in the next few years as the number of paralysis has declined sharply.
Officials of the country’s polio eradication program said it was relevant to note that polio virus was found in environmental samples collected from 11 more sites in all four provinces. news Last week.
The virus was also found in Karachi, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bringing the total number of positive environmental (sewage) samples in Pakistan to 54 in 2023.