Islamic scholars reiterate support for polio eradication programme

Tuesday 12 2017 2 weeks ago 32   Islamabad   Print

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Report  Web Desk : ISLAMABAD: National Islamic Advisory Group (NIAG) on Tuesday reiterated continued support for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan and efforts to root out the virus from its core reservoirs. Members of NIAG core group met at the National Emergency Operations Centre to review the national and provincial work plans and ensure alignment with the eradication programme plan under the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) 2017-18. There are have only four recorded cases so far this year and great progress toward the goal making it easy to conclude that the worst is over and Pakistan is striving to achieve and maintain zero, but the reality is far different. The programme environmental surveillance network has informed that positive polio sewage samples are still being detected from key hot spots such as Karachi, Quetta, Qilla Abdullah as well as the twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad requiring focused efforts to close any gaps and critical need for sustaining gains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In her message to the forum, the Prime Minister Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq lauded the role of learned religious scholars in addressing questions and misconceptions from communities, families and parents – a key role in the pursuit to protect children. Despite the progress made to date in bringing the number of children paralyzed by the poliovirus to a record low, anything less than the protection of every single child in Pakistan from the menace of polio cannot be acceptable, Senator Farooq said. Parents often ask me a question on the number of times a child can be vaccinated? The oral polio vaccine is safe – medically there is no limit to how many times you can receive it. Polio invades your child body, makes him or her disabled for life, and even kills. There is no cure from this disease! However, the polio drops are there to protect your child – polio drops are like bricks of a wall, if you want to build a strong wall between your child and the enemy, you need more bricks. 02