KARACHI, October 23: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari has said that we are running the last mile in the race against polio and if we all work together, the day is not far that no child in our country will have to suffer from polio and that Pakistan will be declared polio free.
On the occasion of World Polio Day, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said that it was a dream of her mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that no child should suffer from disability because of a vaccine preventable disease and now it is up to us to make that dream come true.
She appreciated the efforts of all the stakeholders involved in polio eradication saying that it is with great effort and hard-work the number of polio cases have decreased from more than 300 in 2014 to 38 in 2015.
However, she said that this number is still too high and we have to make sure to cover missed children and that every child gets two drops of the polio vaccine when they are offered.
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari congratulated and appreciated the work done by the Emergency Operation Center for Polio in Sindh established in January 2015 which has played a significant role in the planning, coordination and monitoring of polio-related activities and showed confidence that the Center will further curtail the spread of the virus.
She also paid tribute to polio workers who have worked tirelessly in rough conditions to safeguard the children of Pakistan.
“I salute the brave anti-polio workers on the ground, going door to door to ensure children’s safety. I would like to thank WHO, UNICEF, The Gates Foundation, Rotary International, UAE and so many others for their continued support.
She appealed to parents to actively bring their children forward for vaccination in order to save them from this crippling disease. “Don’t rob your children of a future they deserve. Give them a chance. Let them get the polio vaccine.”