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July 21, 2012

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Polio and electricity

Polio and electricity
I am shocked to know that the government has claimed that is doesn’t have the necessary cold-storage facilities and cold-chain system for polio vaccines in the far-flung areas of the country which in turn is risking the health of around 34 million children under the age of five. This is a very dangerous situation considering Pakistan’s position of being one of the three polio-endemic countries in the world. Though the primary reason for this problem is the electricity shortage issue, the government can manage to have plausible alternatives in the best interest of the people.
The government should adopt successful models of power management followed in other countries such as the Grameen Shakti project in Bangladesh that has recently crossed a million solar-powered-homes record in the rural areas. Using such techniques, and by increasing solar-power proliferation in the country, Pakistan may yet see better, brighter days ahead. We need to make our future generations healthy. The government must take measures to create a way out for making the polio-eradication campaign a success.
Abu Bakar
Karachi
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