Pakistan Observer

No monitoring of polio-drive funds utilisation

Police fail to find clue of Dr Wahab Wadho

Nazir Siyal

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - Larkana—Corruption and misuse of funds regarding anti-polio drive in Larkana and other parts of the province have been witnessed as there are reports of big corruption in the funds. According to sources the authorities from the top to bottom Federal and provincial level as well District Health Department, WHO and UNICEF representatives have failed to properly monitor and hold accountability in the funds utilized for proper anti-polio drive.

A large number of staff among Vaccinator and teachers, field workers, area and union council incharge and other medical professionals had various times complained about the honorarium they are not receiving properly. Further there are no invitations to print and electronic media personnel to cover the national level anti-polio drive and other health and educational activities and important meetings of provincial and federal government for polio, pneumonia and other vaccination and health awareness programmes.

It is worth mentioning here that millions of funds are utilised on the campaign and communication with media and civil society, but ironically, the officials of UNICEF and WHO with heavy funded projects did not bother to invite the print and electronic media personnel to brief them about the coverage of polio drops and other health issues.

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Pakistan Medical Association, Larkana chapter, on 10th consecutive day held protest demonstrations and observed token hunger strike demanding safe recovery of fromer Executive District Officer and present Medical Superintendent, Mirokhan tehsil, Dr. Abdul Wahab Wadho, who was kidnapped about a week ago. PMA Sindh has expressed dissatisfaction over the kidnappings and killings of doctors and demanded safe recovery of Medical Superintendent Dr. Abdul Wahab Wadho.

The leaders of PMA Sindh including Dr. Sharif Pirzado, Larkana PMA President Dr. Shah Baig Chandio, Dr. Ikram Tunio, General Secretary, Dr. Shah Mehmood Mugheri and others condemned the abduction of Medical Superintendent Dr. Abdul Wahab Wadho, who was abducted at Nasirabad-Wagan Indus Highway road along with his driver. The police could not found Dr Wadho butsome sources say that the abducted doctorhas been shifted to the Balochistan province, but police failed to find him.

Meanwhile World Health Organization has vowed to support Balochistan government in its efforts to eradicate poliovirus from the province. Polio Coordinator of WHO in Pakistan Dr. Nima Abid said that WHO teams working in Balochistan had no serious security issues.
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