No case of Polio for last 11 months, says Dr. Azra Pechuho

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Pechuho has said that there has been no new case of polio in the region for the past 11 months and that this is a commendable success.

This she said during a meeting with a delegation of Polio Oversight Board led by Chris Elias, other partners from WHO and Rotary also attended the meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho. Officers of health department briefed the meeting about ongoing polio drive.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation polio supervision board president, Dr Chris Elias lauded the Sindh government for achieving a significant milestone in the polio eradication campaign.

The provincial health minister apprised the meeting about the measures taken during ongoing polio eradication drive.

She said that after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan it is expected that a large number of migrants might come to Pakistan which will be a great challenge for Pakistan regarding the fight against polio.

The chief secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah expressed his gratitude to global partners including World Health Organization, Rotary International and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for extending technical and financial support to the country.