Afghan team due in Pakistan to monitor anti-polio drive
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An Afghan delegation will arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to monitor an anti-polio campaign beginning in Pakistan on Jan 11, a media report said on Friday.
Children are administered polio drops at legal entry points on the border, but many people crossing the frontier illegally do not get their children vaccinated.
A video conference was held on Thursday between polio teams of the two countries on the importance of strengthening cross-border coordination to eradicate the crippling disease.
According to Dawn, the teams agreed to monitor nomadic movement across the border and boost transit vaccination besides conducting synchronised campaigns over the next five months.
Representatives from both countries agreed to hold video conferences on a quarterly basis and meet biannually in person on ways of dealing with the public health challenge.
The three-member Afghan delegation will study the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), as Pakistan is helping the neighbour establish a similar facility.
The video conference was co-chaired by Dr. Hidayatullah Stanikzai (Afghanistan) and Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, focal person on polio eradication
Stanikzai supported the efforts being made across the border to prevent the transmission of the disease. “Major polio cases are near the border, where there are core challenges.
“With such strong and committed coordination, I am very optimistic and confident that we will defeat polio,” he concluded.
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