Focal Person to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for Polio Eradication and former polio adviser Babar Atta to the United Nations (UN) on Friday resigned from office with immediate effect.
“When I look back, I am proud to say that I made all possible efforts to create that enabling environment where polio eradication is a top priority,” Babar tweeted and added that he had asked the premier to relieve him of his duties due to “some personal reasons”.
Atta said that that a call centre will soon be inaugurated to cater to complaints of people and answer their questions related to immunisation drive. The country’s first-ever perception management initiative will be rolled out by the end of October, he added.
“A 24/7 call centre will soon be inaugurated to address all concerns of people who have questions related to the vaccine.”
“I am leaving at a time when the low transmission season is about to commence. Pakistan is in a position that will finally eradicate polio once and for all. The opportunity should be capitalised and should not be lost from here. I forever remain indebted to the love and respect all of you have offered,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources informed The Current that Atta has resigned from office since he is the only male child in his family and his ailing father needs him. “He doesn’t want to regret not being there for his parents.”