KARACHI: Iran is ready to offer free anti-polio vaccines to Pakistan and Afghanistan in an effort to help them effectively continue the fight against the disease.
An Iranian delegation comprising health ministry and medical education officials arrived on Monday for three days to explore options of extending cooperation to Pakistan.
A senior official at the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination (NHSRC), said the Iranian delegation will hold a meeting with Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar. The delegation was expected to meet other international donor agencies on Tuesday (today) to offer its support as well.
The official pointed out that Pakistan and Afghanistan had recently been declared one epidemiological block in terms of the fight against polio.
Since Iran produces a significant quantity of polio vaccines, it is keen to provide the same to both countries, most likely free of charge.