Pakistan's Imran Khan wants polio issue included in peace talks

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairperson Imran Khan on Wednesday said eradication of polio from Pakistan should be made part of peace talks agenda with the Taleban.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 13 Mar 2014, 8:05 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:38 AM

Talking to reporters after a meeting with World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Magaret Chan, Imran said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government was focusing more on Peshawar than the rest of the province because the city has a higher incidence of polio.

“Most of the cases from the province are from Peshawar; the virus was found in the city’s sewerage system,” he said, adding that the provincial government — after making Peshawar polio-free — will move to other areas as well.

The WHO had declared Peshawar the largest reservoir of endemic polio virus in the world, with more than 90 per cent of the current polio cases in the country genetically linked to the city.

Responding to a question regarding transparency of the vaccination campaign, Imran stressed that the provincial government was just providing resources such as health workers, police and transport, and the money was handled by various donors.

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