Pakistan urged to urgently vaccinate children against polio

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Pakistan is being urged to urgently take necessary steps to ensure that all children are assessed and vaccinated against polio.

The call is contained in one of the resolutions to be adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean which is concluding its session in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday.

The resolution identifies the escalation of the outbreak of polio as an emergency for all Member States in the region.

It says urgent steps by Pakistan to vaccinate children against polio can prevent further international spread of the disease.

It also requests Syria and neighbouring countries to coordinate, and if possible, to synchronize intensified mass vaccination campaigns using the most appropriate tactics and vaccines to interrupt this new outbreak of polio within six months.

Since Sunday, WHO Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean have been holding their 60th session to address priority health issues of concern to the region.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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