Polio emergence – WHO imposes travel restrictions on Pakistan
Islamabad, May 5 (Online): The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday slapped travel restrictions on Pakistanis for authorities’ failure to control polio.
Pakistanis will now have show poliovirus inoculation certification and have to get anti-polio vaccination four week before they intend to travel abroad.
Restrictions came when WHO, after a recently held meeting, had said that following several days of closed-door discussions, it would decide whether to declare the new spread of polio a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)" that could require measures such as travel restrictions.
WHO took firm decision over having severe concerns on latest polio cases emerged in Pakistan, majority from the country’s lawless tribal belt with Afghanistan border including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Experts have discussed various options in four-day long Geneva Convention organised by WHO and imposed travel restriction in the light of new guidelines by the international organisation.