Sajjad Karim MEP: I welcome Pakistan’s commitment to stop polio
Brussels: The European Parliament today took steps to support Pakistan in eradicating polio and protect medical aid workers in the country. A Parliamentary resolution was passed in Strasbourg which called the government of Pakistan to ‘develop a new strategy to protect aid workers’.
A recent spate of killings and attacks on medical workers in Pakistan has led the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and the government to suspend polio vaccinations around the country. The government was quick to condemn the attacks and has already taken measures to protect doctors and aid workers in the country.
However MEPs are urging the government to do more.
Chairman of the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan group, Sajjad Karim MEP, who co-signed the resolution earlier this week said:
\”The resolution which I have signed and pushed through the European Parliament welcomes Pakistan’s commitment to stop the transmission of the polio virus and supports the government’s efforts to protect medical aid workers.
\”The country has faced many challenges in recent times, with devastating floods and now violence against international aid workers. However progress is taking place to ensure that Pakistan will eliminate polio for all its citizens.
The British Conservative MEP was optimistic that Pakistan will soon be able to eradicate polio. He said:
\”I strongly commend the government of Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) for Polio Eradication in 2012 and I am pleased to say that I have the support of the EU behind me.
I am confident that the government will do its upmost to protect humanitarian workers and ensure polio is wiped out of Pakistan.\”