Abbottabad becomes polio-free district: DC

No room for complacency in polio eradication: Senator Ayesha


Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad Cap (R) Orangzeb Haider on Thursday said the district has become polio free, the target was achieved by hard work of district health department and Polio workers. Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad Cap. (R) Orangzeb Haider while addressing district health department workers here at Jalal Baba Auditorium, said the polio workers and health department deserve appreciation for their efforts.
He also appreciated parents for their cooperation to make the immunization drive successful. Director EPI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr Hameed Afridi while addressing said that they have provided all facilities to anti-polio teams and government also approved 25 billion rupees Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in the province for the current year.
He further said that at present the strength of EPI worker is 3001 in KP whereas provincial government is taking steps for betterment of the programme. Provincial Coordinator EPI Akbar Khan said that Abbottabad is a role model in anti-polio drives in the province and underlined the need for hard work to eradicate polio from the province.
He also thanked district administration, police and other departments for their cooperation during the anti-polio drives in the district. Later DC Abbottabad Orangzeb Haider distributed certificates and shields amongst good performer during anti polio drive 2016.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq applauding role of Quetta district administration has urged them to ensure the highest quality of polio campaigns through coordinated monitoring, supervision and leadership during the upcoming round of polio campaign starting from April 17. The Senator was of the view that reaching out to every child across the length and breadth of the province and ultimately the country is missed.
She commended the work done by front line health workers on the border crossings with Afghanistan and hoped that all the mobile populations coming and going through our international borders will be inoculated and recorded. “Our job is almost done but not finished yet therefore. there is no room for complacency,” urged Ayesha Raza Farooq.
She made these remarks while attending a high-level meeting held at Chief Secretary Office with Chief Secretary Shoaib Mir Balochistan in the chair. National Coordinator for Emergency Operation Centre Dr Rana Safdar, Provincial EOC Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed, Provincial Secretary Health Asmatullah Kakar, Commissioner Quetta Division Amjid Ali Khan, Deputy Commissioners, DHOs high police officials were present there.
The meeting reviewed the preparations made for the forthcoming polio campaign in the province. Chief Secretary Shoaib Mir reaffirmed his stance that Balochistan will be made polio free with the help of dedicated team members and effective administrative support. He said that our teams have shown exemplary resolve and commitment in the past and will ensure that they will reach every child across the province.—APP

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