Take measures on war-footing to eradicate polio: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the federal cabinet to take measures on war-footing to make Pakistan polio free.

The prime minister chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet to discuss polio in the backdrop of the World Health Organisation travel restrictions on Pakistan.

Under the recommendation travellers from Pakistan will be required to carry polio immunisation certifications when exiting the country.

Pakistan’s Health Ministry has announced that polio certificates will be mandatory for foreign travel from Pakistan from June 01, 2014.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sharif made polio vaccination mandatory for travellers from Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

A statement issued by PM House said the army will be deployed to ensure that travellers from FATA to settled areas are administered polio vaccination. Those who refuse to take the polio vaccination will not be allowed to enter settled areas.