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Dr Shahzad Baig resigns as head of anti-polio programme

The development comes days after Islamabad decided to hire a government official to head the polio programme.

Dr Shahzad Baig has resigned as the head of the country’s anti-polio programme.

Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme’s national coordinator said he was resigning from his post due to “personal reasons”.

Dr Baig, who was featured in the list of 100 world leaders in the field of health by Time magazine, faced severe criticism for the spread of polio in the country with the virus confirmed in at least 153 environmental samples across 39 districts.

According to the news source, the development comes days after Islamabad decided to hire a government official to head the polio programme.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to replace the incumbent National Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Dr Shahzad Baig, with a government official of BPS 21 or above to lead the operational side of polio eradication initiative following the resurgence of poliovirus in recent years,” an official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHSR&C) told the publication.

The wild poliovirus continues to spread rapidly in Pakistan.

In 2023, 126 environmental samples tested positive for poliovirus in 28 districts.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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