Polio blame game: Health minister hits back

Says centre should be grateful for K-P government’s polio campaigns in the provincial capital.


News Desk May 13, 2014
Says centre should be grateful for K-P government’s polio campaigns in the provincial capital. PHOTO: FILE



As a rejoinder to Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique’s accusations that Peshawar was to be blamed for the spread of polio, Tarakai said the centre should be grateful for K-P government’s polio campaigns in the provincial capital. This was quoted in a statement issued on Monday from the CM’s Polio Monitoring Cell.


If the K-P government had not undertaken special polio drives in Peshawar, the WHO would have clamped a complete travel ban on Pakistan, he added.

According to Tarakai, Rafique should have consulted the federal health minister and polio cell coordinators before issuing such a statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2014.

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