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Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh presides meeting regarding polio eradication programme

Karachi, March 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh Mr. Justice (Rtd) Zahid Kurban Alavi today had a meeting with National Chair, Pakistan Polio Plus Committee Mr. Aziz Memon regarding measures to eradicate Polio from Sindh province, held at C.M House.

The meeting was also attended by Sindh Health Secretary Dr. Noshad Ahmed Shaikh, Project Director EPI Mr. Khamisani, Dr. Salah Tumsah, Polio team leader WHO, Mr. Jalal Shaikh (Rotary) and Mr. Masood Hamed Bhalli (Rotary), Mr. Akhtar k Alavi, Mr. Khalid Latif and others. The Caretaker Chief Minister said that Polio is very dangerous disease and it is our responsibility to make concerted efforts for eradication of Polio from society.

Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh assured the participants that provincial government will fully support and cooperate and will provide necessary security and complete protection to the teams engaged in performing duties and administering Polio drops to children.

The meeting was informed that there are only three countries of Algeria, Indonesia and Pakistan, where polio still existing. It was also informed that Sukkur has been declared as Polio is free area while there are only two places of Gadap (Karachi) and Hyderabad, where still there are causes of Polio.

It was informed that there was only population of 50,000 people of Gadap, which has rapidly increased upto 4.5 Lac people and hygienic conditions are very bad, due to open drains and garbage dumps. It was informed that after recent Polio campaign, the next Polio campaign is being held in Karachi Division particularly in Gadap, and also in Hyderabad from 5th April to 7th April 2013.

The meeting was further informed that due to migration of people from one place to other, the germination of polio is increased. Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh assured that facilities will be provided to persons performing duties and engaged in administrating polio drops to children, while I.G Police Sindh and D.G Rangers Sindh will be directed to provide necessary security and protection to polio teams.

He added that deputy commissioners are controlling authorities of respective districts for polio campaign. Mr. Alavi further said that committees be represented with various personalities and committees. He added that a representative committee for Gadap area be constituted comprising people of all communities.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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