ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said health and future of country’s children were supreme and dedicated efforts were afoot to eradicate Polio virus from Pakistan.
Speaking at the inauguration of second Pakistan Conference on Sanitation, the President urged the international community to be considerate towards Pakistan instead of imposing travel related sanctions due to Polio cases. The President hoped Polio would soon be eliminated from Pakistan.
Referring to the importance of sanitation the President said that one of the cardinal teachings of Islam relates to cleanliness and personal hygiene.
He said Islam equates cleanliness with half the faith and exhorts believers to steadfastly follow this principle.
The President said that Conventions on Human Rights to Sanitation have been adopted by the United Nations and subsequently endorsed by the Government of Pakistan.
The President said in the aftermath of 18th amendment, efforts were being made to renew and realize the joint commitment through legislative policy and institutional measures at the federal and provincial level to bring sanitation and hygiene at the forefront of national and provincial priorities.
The President highlighted that poor sanitation and hygiene services in the country were one of the contributing factors to high mortality rate for children under the age of five.
President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that he would personally commit himself towards the advancement of the sanitation and hygiene movement in the country and would also urge others to champion this cause.