Parliamentarians stress joint strategy to combat polio menace

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians belonging to treasury as well as opposition Tuesday stressed evolving joint strategy to combat the menace of polio in the country.

Speaking on a motion moved by Ms Shazia Mari of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), they urged comprehensive legislation to punish the parents, who failed to administer polio vaccination to their children.

Participating in the debate, Asiya Naz Tanoli urged all legislators to ensure polio vaccination in their respective constituencies and joint efforts for success of ongoing The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) campaign.

Ms Shireen Mazar said an inquiry should be conducted to ascertain reasons of failure of polio vaccination campaign in the country.

Mian Abdul Mannan said federal and provincial Governments have already joined hands to combat the menace of polio.

Ms Shahida Rehmani stressed providing complete security to polio workers. There is a need to exterminate the menace of terrorism from the country.

Abdul Rahim Mandokhel said the people involved in attacking polio workers should be awarded exemplary punishments.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai urged the House to unanimously adopt a resolution for eradication of polio menace from the country.

Dr Nighat Shakil said polio vaccination should be made mandatory for every visiting child of a hospital.

Shehryar Afridi said transport services should be provided to teachers, who are sent in field to administer polio vaccines to children.

Jamal-ud-Din said a detailed action plan should be evolved to ensure administration of polio drops to children.

Afzal Dhandla said the reservations about polio vaccination had cropped up after the case of Dr Shakil Afridi.

He urged religious scholars, media to play their role in polio eradication.

Sahidzada Yaqoob said children of nation are being made disabled due to non administration of polio vaccination.

All stake holders should join hands for polio eradication from the country.

Shah G Gul Afridi and Shahabuddin said legislation should be enacted compelling the parents to ensure administration of polio vaccination to children.

Dr Nafeesa Shah stressed reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Polio has been spreading in areas where war like situation prevails.

Tahir Iqbal said the world should appreciate Pakistan for running Extended Programme on Immunizaion (EPI) despite law and order problems in some areas.