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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pakistan : Polio count rises to 69 this year

From The News :

" Islamabad: With the confirmation of another six polio cases since August 15-four from Balochistan and 2 from Fata, Pakistan’s polio count has risen from 63 to 69 so far in 2011. Balochistan now leads the scorecard with 26 cases, followed by Fata (22); Sindh (14); Khyber Pakthunkhwa (6) and Gilgit-Baltistan (1). Punjab and Islamabad continue to maintain their polio-free status.

On another related front, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat has taken administrative control of the Prime Minister’s Monitoring and Coordination Cell for Polio Eradication, which had been working under the Ministry of Health up until its devolution on June 30. The measure is stated to have been taken to maintain a national focal point for polio eradication in order to meet the targets enshrined in the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication.

According to a notification, the Cell has been assigned to Provide guidance, technical assistance and situation analysis to the National Task Force on Polio Eradication; regularly liase with chief secretaries, provincial health secretariat and relevant departments and organisations to monitor progress of the Polio Eradication Initiative and provide feedback to the PM and act as an apex national body coordinating amongst provinces to ensure standardized service delivery and sustained availability of technical and material resources."

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