Via The News International: Polio virus: WHO recommends travel restrictions on Pakistan. This is a big story all over the Pakistani media.
GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended travel restrictions on Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon over failure to control the spread of the polio virus.
If the WHO recommendation is approved it will be mandatory for citizens of these countries to have a polio vaccination certificate when they travel abroad.
Recommendations for the travel restrictions were put forward by a 21-member International Health Regulations Emergency Committee which was formed on the directives of WHO board members.
On April 30, five more polio cases were detected in three different areas of North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Bannu.
The National Institute of Health had also confirmed that five children were affected by the polio virus.
The new cases set alarms bells ringing for Islamabad as they coincide with a meeting of WHO’s health committee in Geneva where a report into polio situation in Pakistan was presented, triggering fears of travel ban on Islamabad.