By Arif Qureshi
Islamabad: UNICEF Country Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney said on Wednesday that through coordinated and collaborative efforts of the international organizations and the government of Pakistan, polio will be eradicated from the country by the end of this year.
Talking to Radio Pakistan, Angela Kearny said that in 2014 there were 309 polio cases in Pakistan and the number has significantly reduced to 17 this year (2016). She said in 2014, 500,000 children could not be accessed for giving polio drops; however, today this number has also been significantly dropped.
High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan, Perry John Calderwood speaking on the issue said that efforts should be made for the allocation of right resources for the development of the children. Both talked about UNICEF’s support to Pakistan in realizing the rights of children and ensuring that they are given a conducive environment in which they could grow to their full potential. United Nations celebrates the Universal Children’s Day which is commemorated every year on November 20. This year, UCD also marks the beginning of the celebrations for UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary which will be celebrated on December 11.
Canada is one of the largest donors to UNICEF for its programmes in Pakistan. It has contributed generously to the polio eradication efforts in the country.