PM makes polio vaccination mandatory for travellers from FATA to other provinces

Nawaz Sharif orders deployment of army personnel on the border of tribal belt to monitor movement.

Web Desk May 15, 2014
A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: In a desperate attempt to control the spread of poliovirus in Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday issued an order to not let people from tribal areas enter other provinces if they are not immunised, Express News reported.

Pakistan is facing global travel restrictions for its failure to ensure a polio-free country.

The government – criticised for not doing enough – has now decided to deploy army personnel on the border of the tribal belt to monitor movement of locals into the bordering provinces.

Many in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas - where propaganda against polio vaccination is rife - are not immunised against the crippling disease.

Pakistan’s reported polio cases for the year climbed to 61 on May 12, as two fresh samples collected from children in Karachi and North Waziristan Agency were confirmed as poliovirus type 1.

Finally waking up to the global fallout from the polio threat, the federal lawmakers had recently passed a non-binding resolution calling for the implementation of polio immunisation programme (EPI).

The resolution urged the lawmakers to make a commitment that they would monitor and implement vaccination campaigns in their respective constituencies.

Agendas discussed during Cabinet session: 

Amendment in Seed Act, 1976, (National Food Security & Research Division).

Framework Agreement between China and Pakistan on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (Economic Affairs Division).

Agreement between Turkmenistan and Pakistan on Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation (Economic Affairs Division).

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding Up gradation of Pakistan- Bahrain Joint Economic Committee (JEC) to the Level of Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) (Economic Affairs Division).

Ratification of the Agreement in the Field of Vocational Training Signed between Jordan and Pakistan on 7th March, 2012 (Education, Trainings & Standards in Higher Education Division).

Ratification of Memorandum of Understaffing (MoU) between Pakistan and Turkey in the Field of Urbanization (Housing & Works Division).

Signing of an Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Handicrafts between the Governments of Pakistan and Tunisia (Industries & Production Division).

Starting of Negotiations on Cultural Exchange Programme  between Nigeria and Pakistan 2014-2017 (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Programme of Cultural Cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia   for 2014-2019 (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Cultural Cooperation between Pakistan and the Russian Federation for 2014-2018 (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Starting of Negotiations on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cultural Cooperation between Pakistan and Iraq for the Period 2014-2019 (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Starting of Negotiations on the Executive Programme for Cultural Cooperation between Kuwait and Pakistan for the Period 2014-2018. (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Starting of Negotiations for Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cultural Cooperation Between Norway and Pakistan for the Period 2014-2019 ( Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Starting of Negotiations for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation between Pakistan and Jordon for the Period 2014-2018 (Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Division).

Signing of an Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons between Pakistan and Korea (Interior Division).

To Start Negotiations and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Food Security, in Particular Rice, between Pakistan and Bahrain (National Food Security & Research Division).

Convention between Pakistan and Republic of Moldova for the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (ADTA) (Finance Division).

Signing of the MoU between the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) (Science & Technology Division).

Ratification of MoU between Board of Investment and Kuwait Investment Authority (Board of Investment) with the direction to come up with a comprehensive road-map for increasing foreign investment in Pakistan.

Confirmation of the Decisions taken by Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCOP) in its meeting held on 3rd October, 2013 (Cabinet Division).

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Pakistani | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday issued an order to not let people from tribal areas enter other provinces if they are not immunised. However, they are allowed to enter if they carry guns- P.M added.

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