Govt committed to polio eradication: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated that Pakistan was committed to eradication of polio virus in the coming two years, hoping that crippling disease would be eradicated in the coming two years.


He said that Pakistan was not responsible for the spread of polio but the elements which caused the spread of terrorism in the region.

The president also called upon the international community to be considerate towards Pakistan and extend all possible cooperation in this regard so that Pakistan was able to work for the elimination of the crippling disease without facing problems.

He was talking to Chairman International Polio Plus Committee and Vice Chairman Rotary Foundation Michael K. McGovern who called on him along with a delegation here at Aiwan-e-Sadr, said a press release.

The President emphasized that Pakistan’s commitment to polio eradication remained firm and resolute.

He underscored that the polio eradication programme enjoyed government’s ownership at the highest level and highlighted that the Chief Ministers of all the provinces were paying special attention to ensure that every child was reached by polio programme.

The President assured the delegation that he would personally call governors and urge them to remove administrative gaps for completely eradicating the virus.

He mentioned that government of Pakistan’s decisive action against terrorism had a positive effect on initiative of polio eradication campaign.

He also appreciated the role of Rotary International as a major partner of the Government of Pakistan in its campaign against polio virus.

Speaking on the occasion, Michael K. McGovern lauded the commitment and seriousness of the efforts of the Government of Pakistan for eradication of polio