Balochistan health minister warns officials against negligence in polio campaigns

Balochistan health minister warns officials against negligence in polio campaigns

QUETTA, Pakistan: The Balochistan health minister Rahmat Saleh Baloch has said that negligence in the polio campaigns to be carried out in the province will not be tolerated at all cost.

In a statement, the minister directed the concerned health authorities to ensure coordination with the district health officers (DHOs) for the success of polio campaigns in the province.

His statement came a day after the polio virus was found in a 26-month-old child from the Barabcha area the Chaghi district of Balochistan, the first case of the crippling disease in 2015.

The provincial minister took serious notice over detection of a new polio case and sought a detailed report from the director general health in this regard.

The health minister said that the present government is taking practical measure for the eradication of crippling disease.

A total of 22 polio cases were reported from Balochistan last year. However, efforts made by the government to eradicate the crippling virus in the province have badly been hit by attacks on polio teams by miscreants.

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