Probe team reaches Faisalabad

ISLAMABAD - The two-member team constituted by the Ministry of Health to probe into the deaths of three children allegedly caused by expired polio vaccination has reached Faisalabad to further investigate the issue. While talking to TheNation Dr Altaf Bosan, head of Pakistans Polio Eradication Programme termed the matter a serious issue. We are looking into the matter and our team has reached Faisalabad and within a few days the report would be finalised and would be submitted to the Health Ministry, he added.He said the matter is of extreme importance and cannot be ignored at any cost so both provincial and regional health teams have been involved and investigating the issue to ascertain actual cause of the death. The two-member committee of National Institute Health (NIH), Islamabad consist of Dr Qamar Ul Haq technical officer and Dr. Qadir Bakhsh deputy director of NIH. Dr Qamar belongs to Bangladesh and he is an expert of vaccination whereas Dr Bakhsh belongs to the department of monitoring & evaluation of vaccinations. It is to be mentioned here that a rise in polio cases has been witnessed in recent past as media has reported new polio cases. The vaccination campaign to eradicate the poliovirus from Pakistan was initiated in 1994.

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