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Dedicated efforts are afoot to eradicate polio virus from Pakistan: President

Islamabad, February 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the health and future of country’s children is dear to us and dedicated efforts are afoot to eradicate polio virus from Pakistan. The President urged the international community that it should be considerate toward Pakistan instead of imposing sanctions.

The President was speaking at the inauguration of 2ndPakistan Conference on Sanitation, here at Islamabad. The President stated the menace of polio would soon be eliminated from Pakistan. Referring to the importance of topic of the Conference, the President stated that one of the cardinal teachings of Islam relates to cleanliness and personal hygiene.

Islam equates cleanliness with half the faith and exhorts believers to steadfastly follow this principle. The President said that Conventions on Human Rights to Sanitation have been adopted by the United Nations and subsequently endorsed by the Government of Pakistan.

In the aftermath of 18th amendment, efforts are being made to renew and realize the joint commitment through legislative policy and institutional measures at the federal and provincial level to bring sanitation and hygiene at the forefront of national and provincial priorities, added the President.

The President highlighted out that poor sanitation and hygiene services in the country are one of the contributing factors to high mortality rate for children under the age of five. President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that he would personally commit himself towards the advancement of the sanitation and hygiene movement in the country and would also urge others to champion this cause. Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan also addressed on the occasion.

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