President Mamnoon Hussain expressed hope that polio virus would be eradicated from the country in the coming two years. He said that Pakistan is not responsible for the spread of polio but the elements which caused the spread of terrorism in the region. The President reiterated that Pakistan is committed to eradication of polio virus and called upon international community to be considerate toward Pakistan and extend all possible cooperation in this regard so that Pakistan is able to work for the elimination of the crippling disease without facing problems.
The President was talking to Chairman International PolioPlus Committee and Vice Chairman Rotary Foundation Michael K. McGovern who called on him along with a delegation here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
The President emphasized that Pakistan’s commitment to polio eradication remains firm and resolute. He underscored that the polio eradication program enjoys government ownership at the highest level. The President highlighted that the Chief Ministers of all the provinces are paying special attention to ensure that every child is reached by polio program. The President assured the delegation that he would personally call governors and urge them to remove administrative gaps for completely eradicating the virus.
The President mentioned that government of Pakistan’s decisive action against terrorism has had a positive effect on initiative of polio eradication campaign. The President 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, Mr. Michael K. McGovern lauded the commitment and seriousness of the efforts of the Government of Pakistan for eradication of polio. He also assured of talking to UNICEF head for lifting travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan.
The delegation, among others, included Ms. Carol A. Pandak Director PolioPlus Program at Rotary International, Mr. Aziz Memon, National Chair, Pakistan PolioPlus Committee and high officials of President’s Secretariat.