Pakistan, Afghanistan to jointly tackle polio

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Pakistani and Afghan health officials agreed at a meeting here on Wednesday to carry out joint vigilance for eradication of polio as one block.

The meeting was originally scheduled for April 16-17 in Kabul and UN agencies were also expected to participate in it. However, on the eve of the meeting the Pakistani delegation was informed by Afghan officials that they had to wait for security clearance because of some intelligence information. Later, the meeting was postponed.

The meeting was finally held here with the Pakistani team being led by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, the PM’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, and the Afghan side by Senior Health Adviser Dr Hedayatullah Satankzai.

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