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Sindh Chief Minister chairs polio meeting

Karachi, November 03, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he was committed to eradicate polio from the province. “I am ready to increase the daily stipend of polio workers but I want you {health dept} to make every anti-polio drive successful and work hard to make Sindh polio free province.” This he said while presiding over a high level meeting of provincial Task Force for Polio Eradication today at New Secretariat.

Briefing the chief minister, Director Polio Programme Fayaz Jatoi said that in 2013 some polio 10 cases, eight in Karachi and two in rural Sindh, in 2014 29 polio cases, including 23 in the city and seven in rural Sindh, in 2015 12 cases, seven in Karachi and five in rural Sindh while during the current year five cases one in Karachi and four in rural Sindh have been reported. He added that on January 17, 2016 one case in Gadap, Karachi was reported while one case in Sujawal on September 3, 2016 and two cases in Shikarpur was reported.

Giving national figure Mr Fayaz Jatoi said that in FATA there is only one case, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five cases, in Balochistan one case have been reported. The chief minister showing his displeasure said that he would take action if any officer, from administration or health side, is found negligent in launching polio campaign. He directed Minister Health to conduct inquiry in Shikarpur and Sujawal against DHOs and THOs, DCs and report him.

He said that environmental samples collected from different areas, of them Sohrab Goth, Machhar Colony, Khamiso Colony, Rashid Minhas Raod, Kumbhar Warah, New Sukkur, Hyderabad and Jacobabad positive results were found. Briefing on the independent monitoring board report, Mr jatoi said “the polio programme in the city and sitricts of Karachi in Pakistan is continuing to let the polio virus slip out its grasp; it made a slow tart to the low season and there is a core group of families persistently refusing the vaccine.

The polio programme in Karachi needs to embrace the practices of pragmatic excellence that have eliminated the poliovirus elsewhere. Quoting the reports he added that the polio programme in many parts of the city has been chronically under performing. He also quoted further and said “In Pakistan, the political leadership in the North Sindh area of Pakistan is not fully engaged and aligned with the urgency of the situation; as a result, many observers believe that this could be the last place in the world where the poliovirus exists.”

On this the chief minister showing his commitment said that he would not let happen. “I personally launched campaign in Ibrahim Hyderi last week,” he said and added that he would not tolerate any kind of negligence in polio campaign. He directed chief secretary to include a column in the ACRs of the DCs, commissioners and DHO which determine whether they are taking interest in the polio drives are not.

He directed the chief secretary to examine the stipend the government was paying to polio workers. “We give Rs650 per person daily which is not enough. If you feel it may be double I am have no issue but I want all the rounds successful,” he said. The Divisional Commissioners also briefed the chief minister about the progress of polio campaigns.

Those who attended the meeting include Senator Aysha Raqza Farooq focal person of Prime Minister, Dr Rana Mahmood, Dr Thomas Grein WHO consultant, Huma Arif Khan of Unicef, Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Chief secretary, IG Police, Principal Secretary to CM and others.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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