Via The News International: Authorities under pressure as travellers queue up for polio vaccination certificates.
Even though most countries have yet to impose the travel requirements recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Pakistani travellers, those going abroad have begun to queue up at special counters established at different airports and other exit points demanding vaccination certificates from Pakistani authorities.
So far, only two countries, India and Georgia, are asking for a certificate of polio vaccination from Pakistanis arriving there. However, the media hype created about ‘restrictions’ imposed by WHO is leading to the administration of the polio vaccine to international travellers without any proper certification.
Meanwhile, travellers continue to line up at vaccination counters and other establishments throwing the federal and provincial health officials in a panic since they do not have enough resources to make the required arrangements for implementing WHO’s recommendations.
“Though many countries in the world have not yet imposed the restriction of carrying a polio vaccination certificate on Pakistani citizens, everyone travelling abroad wants to get the vaccine at the airport. This has put additional burden on the country’s polio eradication initiative,” said an official associated with the Expanded Program on Immunisation (EPI) while talking to The News on Friday.