Pakistan, Afghanistan declare polio card compulsory for border crossing

Pakistan, Afghanistan declare polio card compulsory for border crossing

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided to declare holding of polio card as compulsory for those crossing the Durand Line.
The decision has been taken at the governmental level to control polio virus. Polio vaccination of all Afghan nationals would be conducted upon entering in Pakistan, media reports stated.
Polio cards would be issued to Afghanis after proper vaccination, reports added.
Reports stated that without the polio card, Afghanis would not be able to enter Pakistan.
The reports further added that duration of polio vaccination card for Afghan nationals would be one year. They said polio vaccination would be conducted at Torkhan and Pak-Afghan Dosti Gate.
Reports stated people above ten years of age will be issued polio vaccine cards, while those below ten years would be vaccinated every time on their entry.
Special teams had been posted at Torkham and Pak-Afghan Dosti Gate.
On April 18, polio eradication programme had confirmed presence of active polio virus in sewage of 12 big cities of the country.
As per details, P-1 polio virus was found from the sewage of the 12 big cities including, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Bannu, Mardan, Waziristan, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Shahdadkot.

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