WHO head in Pakistan visits Pak-Afghan border

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Ashrafuddin Pirzada

TORKHAM BORDER: World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Pakistan doctor Palitha Mahipala visited the Pak-Afghan Torkham border and inspected the polio vaccination points health activities on Friday.

The WHO representative also visited the zero point at Torkham border crossing and met with health staff and others visitors. He asked about the polio activities. Dr, Palitha, who is the first top WHO official to visit the Torkham border after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, praised the hectic role of polio frontline workers who in all hard times performed their duty honestly.

Dr. Mahipala was briefed on the ongoing activities on the Torkham border to eradicate Polio and the challenges faced during the Polio campaigns.

“I would like to pay tribute to the frontline healthcare workers who are the real heroes, working day and night at Torkham border battling Polio even in the COVID-19 pandemic that swallowed thousands of lives across the globe”, said doctor Palitha. He added that the resilience of health workers was praiseworthy.

He said World Health Organization was committed to supporting the government of Pakistan to address the barriers to root out Poliovirus in Pakistan. He added that they were focusing on integrating polio activities with essential health services and building closer partnerships with high-risk communities to better meet their health needs.