National Emergency Action Plan to eradicate polio


Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique on Monday directed the districts health departments to comply with new indicators of the National Emergency Action Plan for polio eradication.
Chairing the monthly EDOs (Heatlth) meeting, he said troubled union councils still needed to be analyzed in detail. Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan, Director General Health Services Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed, EDOs (H) of all districts, Chief Minister Roadmap team, PITB, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, UNICEF, WHO and programme managers participated in the meeting.
He reviewed diphtheria situation and stressed that in case of a suspect case, mop up be conducted in surrounding 40 households and in case of mortality, all children below five years in the area be administered Penta dose.
It was also decided that in compliance with the Supreme Court decision, the Vaccine Vial Monitor column will be added in reporting tools for polio workers. Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan said that preventive healthcare was under special focus and based on study of successful models in the region and the world. New initiatives were being introduced by the start of 2017, he added.
He reviewed the immunization efforts in South districts and asked them to prepare special immunization plans for riverine areas.—APP