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Four Pakistani polio workers awarded Louis Pasteur medals

Paris: Louis Pasteur medals are awarded by the Pasteur Institute of France in recognition of services towards eradication of polio disease. 

Moreover, four polio workers from Pakistan have been awarded the prestigious Louis Pasteur medals.
These Pakistanis include Mohammad Khuram Shehzad, Syed Latif, Ms Azra Altaf and Aziz Memon who were given medals in an impressive ceremony held yesterday in Paris on the World Polio Day.
The UNESCO/Institute Pasteur Medal is an international prize jointly by UNESCO and the Pasteur Institute established in 1995 to be given in recognition of outstanding research contribution to a positive impact on human health and to the advancement of scientific knowledge in related fields.

The creation of medal marked the centenary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who developed the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax.

On this occasion, the Pakistani ambassador was also invited who said that eradication of polio is a national priority and a commitment at the highest political level.

Every year, October 24 is observed as the World Polio Day to commemorate the fight against poliomyelitis and pay tribute to Jonas Salk, American medical researcher and virologist who led the first team that developed a vaccine against the crippling virus.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries battling polio now with Nigeria making considerable progress towards polio free status.