ISLAMABAD: The Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza Sunday said the government was taking strict measures to regulate vaccine-related harmful content available on social media to address the misconceptions surrounding the polio campaigns.
He said the government has prepared a coordinated and comprehensive plan to make Pakistan polio free till next year.
“Rumours and propaganda spread over social media platforms have been fueling misconceptions about the vaccine and have accelerated refusals to vaccines he said, adding, but despite the rising numbers of polio cases, Pakistan will soon be polio-free.
He regretted that anti-vaccine campaigns had adversely affected the polio programme and put the lives of children at stake.
“Parents should get into their heads that polio vaccination is a matter of our future generations and the present government will not allow anyone to sabotage the national drive,” he added.