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Action on polio front

With reference to your editorial, "Action on polio front" (May 15), now that the polio virus has been found in sewage samples in both Karachi and Lahore (besides earlier in Peshawer), drastic action is indeed required. Not only those travelling from FATA to the rest of the country, every Pakistani who travels within the country also needs to be immunized, since it is known that adults are carriers of the virus. Polio drops should be administered at bus depots, railway stations and airports to make the program effective. The government should also consider asking visitors to Pakistan from the ten polio-affected countries to immunize themselves before travelling to the country.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in DAWN, May 20, 2014

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