Seminar discusses media’s role in fight against polio
QUETTA:Balochistan Coordinator of Emergency Operation Center Rashid Razzaq said the fight against polio is a national cause in which everybody has to play their role, lauding the media for playing a positive part in the drive.
Addressing a day-long workshop titled “The Role of Media in the Polio Campaign”, Razzaq said polio has almost ended all over the world except for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Addressing the programme, team leader of UNICEF polio programme Balochistan Dr Aziz said the polio vaccine does not contain any harmful ingredients, as all the concerns regarding the vaccine have already been addressed.
“Media can spread awareness among the people to help quash baseless propagandas about the polio vaccine,” Aziz said, adding that at least 144 polio cases were reported in Pakistan in 2019 out of which 12 were from Balochistan.
“Government of Pakistan has declared an emergency regarding polio and is taking concrete measures to eradicate the crippling disease once and for all,” he added.
He said all the available resources to tackle the deadly disease were being used through anti-polio campaigns.
“The poliovirus was eradicated from Balochistan but the virus from Afghanistan once again affected the province,” he said.