ISLAMABAD- The Ministry of Health today excused to provide 60,000 polio vaccines to Armed Forces due to shortage of vaccines.

Pakistan Army had sought 60,000 polio vaccines from Ministry of Health in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In a letter written by Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) to Health Ministry, it was said that 60,000 oral polio vaccines be provided to Army as its personnel are scheduled to travel abroad for UN Peace Mission, short courses and on deputation. The letter had demanded issuance of immunization certificates as well. The letter reads, “50,000 polio vaccines are required for Army, followed by 8,000 vaccines for Pakistan Air Force and 2,000 vaccines for Pakistan Navy."

The Health Ministry responded to the request saying it was impossible to provide number of vaccines sought by army. They said Army could get such vaccines from market.