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Pakistan's Foreign Minister discusses polio eradication with WHO DG

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister discusses polio eradication with WHO DG.

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Islamabad, discusses polio eradication.

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Shotlist: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 8, 2019) (MUTE) (FOREIGN OFFICE – ACCESS ALL)

    PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MAHMOOD QURESHI AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) DR. TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, TALKING


    QURESHI TALKING

    GHEBREYESUS WITH MEMBERS OF HIS DELEGATION

    QURESHI TALKING AND WHO OFFICIALS LISTENING

    QURESHI WITH PAKISTANI AND WHO OFFICIALS

    MORE OF MEETING


STORY: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Islamabad on Tuesday (January 8).

Dr Tedros is in Islamabad on a two-day official visit.

“Discussions held on steps being taken for polio eradication in Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a tweet. “FM appreciated efforts by WHO for eradicating polio from Pakistan,”it added.

Earlier, on Monday (January 7), the WHO and the government of Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a model healthcare system for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Islamabad Capital Territory.

The WHO DG visited a basic health unit in Shah Allah Ditta, Islamabad where the MoU was signed. Director General Health Dr Assad Hafeez and WHO Country Representative in Pakistan Dr Nima Saeed were also present on the occasion.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, that suffers from endemic polio.

Pakistan has had just one polio case reported in 2018. The number of cases has steadily declined since 2014 when 306 were reported.

A country must have no cases for three consecutive years in order to be considered to have eradicated polio by the World Health Organisation.

Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the polio virus. 

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017 Dr Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO.

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