Kingdom to support anti-polio campaign in Pakistan

October 28, 2013

In accordance with a directive from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ministry of Health will collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support an anti-polio campaign in Pakistan. This was announced by Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah during his remarks at the 60th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean currently being held in Oman. Dr. Al-Rabeeah noted that the aid, which will include assistance in kind, was offered in response to a request by the WHO.

The Director of the WHO for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Dr. Ala Din Alwan, welcomed the Kingdom’s assistance, which he said greatly support his organization’s attempts to eradicate polio in the region.

The Director of Public Health at the Pakistani Ministry of Health, Dr. Assad Hafez, thanked King Abdullah for this generous, noting that the Kingdom and Pakistan have a long history of anti-polio cooperation.

While in Muscat, Dr. Al-Rabeeah met with many foreign officials, including Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Nils Daulaire.