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Health Minister vows for a “polio free Pakistan”

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LAHORE (October 03, 2018): Health Minister Punjab Dr. Yasmin Rashid has vowed that goal of “Polio free Pakistan” would be achieved. She was talking to Jean Marc Olive, chairman WHO’s International Polio Eradication Program, who called on with her here today. During the meeting various issues regarding eradication of Polio came in to discussion. The minister expressed her concern on risk of polio in nomads saying,

Nomads were challenge for anti polio drive. Usually nomad families move here and there and were more vulnerable to polio virus attack.

The minister told the delegation that under the polio eradication program record of nomads has been kept and during anti polio drives such people were particularly focused. Yasmin Rashid said,

During recent period no polio cases were reported in Punjab however positive environment results of few areas at Lahore and Rawalpindi was a matter of concern for us.

The Minister also hoped that future generations should not know even the name of polio. She wished,

International should also play their role to make world free of polio.

Jean Marc Olive while acknowledging initiatives by Punjab Health Department admired in particular efforts by Dr. Yasmin Rashid for strengthening of health sector. “Dynamic personality like you is the guarantee of better performance by Punjab Health Department” he praised. Advisor to CM Punjab on Health Hanif Khan Pitafi and DG Health Services were also present during the meeting.

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