PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan on Thursday feared that Pakistanis could face travel restrictions over the growing polio cases in the country.
“If the situation (high polio incidence) is not handled on war footing, there could be a ban on Pakistanis wanting to travel to Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah as well as workers,” he said during a World Polio Day function at the Governor’s House.
He said increase in polio cases in various parts of Fata was a matter of grave concern but the government was committed to meeting the challenge effectively.
The governor said 37 polio cases had been reported in Fata in 2013, which was 75 per cent of the total nationwide cases of the year.
He said the areas worst hit by polio were North Waziristan and Khyber agencies, where vaccinators faced resistance to give polio drops to children.