Rotary International Polio Plus committee pays tribute to the bravery and courage of slain Dr. Yakqoob Khan who was killed last year in November, North West of Pakistan.
Pakistan Polio Plus committee National Chair Aziz Memon said, “We salute the brave men and women who have laid down their lives to safeguard our children against this crippling disease.”
“Pakistan is faced with myriad challenges in the war against polio. This tragic killing of Dr. Yakoob Khan to create fear and dread will just strengthen our resolve to forge ahead with courage and commitment. We have come this far, from 306 polio cases in 2014 to 54 in 2015.” He said.
“MEMON SAYS, “WE WILL NOT LOSE FOCUS NOW AND FIGHT THIS BATTLE UNTIL EVERY CHILD IS IMMUNIZED. WE WILL WIN THIS WAR TO SAFEGUARD OUR GENERATIONS FROM THIS CRIPPLING DISEASE. PAKISTAN WILL BE ‘POLIO FREE’ IN 2016.”
“RAVINDRAN SAYS, “IT IS A WAR WE DID NOT ASK FOR, AND WE DID NOT CHOOSE. IT IS NEVERTHELESS ONE THAT WE CAN, AND WE MUST, AND WE WILL WIN, EVEN AS WE WEEP AT THE TERRIBLE PRICE THAT HAS BEEN PAID.”
He concludes, “We must remember today, and in the months and years ahead, that some battles can never be won with guns. Some can only be won with patience, with love, and with sacrifice. What Dr Khan died fighting for, and what so many men and women are fighting so heroically for still, is unspeakably precious. It is nothing less than the lives of our own children, and their children, and their children, forever. This is the best of humanity that we are seeing here, throughout all of Pakistan: the incredible bravery and dedication of our brothers and sisters, in their work to eradicate this disease. Whether it succeeds, or fails, is now up to all of us. We must accept this responsibility, to carry Dr. Khan’s work forward: to win the war against polio and the war that it has become, that our children may live in health, and in hope, and in peace.”
The ceremony was concluded on the handover of Cheque of Rs. 200,000 to the son of Dr. Yakoob Khan.
He was head of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).
Minister for Health Sharam Khan Tarakai, Secretary Health, representatives of UNICEF, World Health organization attended the ceremony.