Strongly condemning the firing incident at anti-polio campaigners and seeking arrest of the culprits, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has reiterated the resolve of the government that it would not rest until the country is rid of polio.
While chairing a meeting of Polio Task Force in Islamabad, he said seeking a polio-free life is the fundamental right of our people and we would not allow polio to plague their lives. He said that polio-free Pakistan is the cherished goal of the government.
Earlier in the day, at least six people, four of them women, were gunned down in Karachi in two separate incidents. In the aftermath of the attack, World Health Organization has halted the drive in several areas of the country.
The premier appreciated the personal interests of President Asif Ali Zardari and Ambassador for Polio Eradication Aseefa Bhutto Zardari for her inspiring leadership and commitment for the eradication of polio in the country.
The Prime Minister lauded establishment of special vaccination points to ensure that each child moving in and out of FATA is immunized against the polio virus.
He said that government has also involved religious scholars‚ District Khateebs and Parliamentarians as part of effective communication strategy to achieve optimum results of anti-polio campaigns.
Raja Pervez Ashraf stressed the need to neutralize the message of those who resist the government’s efforts of immunization against polio.
The Prime Minister ordered the Interior Ministry to coordinate with the national polio eradication authorities and provide foolproof security to the polio teams.
The meeting was informed that 34 million children would be covered under the National Emergency Plan 2013 which will involve over 25000 polio workers.