Anti-terror operations helped control polio in Pakistan: President

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday said actions against terrorists under operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad had helped in controlling the polio virus in the Country.

Talking to World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Dr Mahmoud Fikri who called on him along with a delegation at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had undertaken important measures to improve healthcare facilities which were producing positive results.

The Minister of State for National Health Services, Coordination and Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar and senior officials were also present during the meeting.

The president viewed that eradication of terrorism would help eliminate polio disease from the country. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to root out polio and appreciated the support of WHO in this regard.

Praising the Prime Minister’s National Health Programme, he said the government was undertaking important steps under the leadership of prime minister for provision of basic health facilities.

The president lauded the dedicated work of Saira Afzal Tarar on the prime minister’s vision for improving the health sector. He acknowledged the support provided by WHO in the health sector which aided in preventing diseases and overcoming the health related issues in Pakistan.

President Mamnoon hoped that WHO would keep extending its support in future too.

While appreciating the efforts of government of Pakistan for eradicating polio and other diseases, Dr Fikri said the health card scheme under Prime Minister’s National Health Programme would be very useful in providing medical facilities and treatment to common man.

Dr Fikri assured the president that WHO would extend all possible assistance to Pakistan in its endeavours to improve its health sector.