National Assembly resolves to make Pakistan polio-free country

Media reports said water samples taken from various parts of Pakistan indicate presence of poliovirus in Karachi and Lahore.



By Our Correspondent

Published: Wed 14 May 2014, 8:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:54 AM

With more cases trickling in from various cities and travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan for its inability to control the spread of polio virus, the National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution vowing to make Pakistan polio-free country.

Minister of State for National Health Service, Saira Afzal Tarar, informed the House that no new case has been detected in Punjab and Balochistan while there has been an increase in the number of instances in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Media reports said water samples taken from various parts of Pakistan indicate presence of poliovirus in Karachi and Lahore.

A few lawmakers also locked horns over how to tackle the epidemic during the session.

During a debate on the issue in the National Assembly, Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islami-Fazl (JUI-F) lawmaker Maulana Jamaluddin blamed the US drone campaign for the presence of polio in the country.

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