Buzdar concerns over polio cases in Punjab Directs early disposal of rainwater from low-lying areas


Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to run an anti-dengue campaign across the province and expressed his concern over the surfacing of polio case.
The health department, as well the administration, will have to work hard for the eradication of polio and dengue and the Commissioners and DCs should monitor both the campaigns, the CM said.
He ordered that the dengue surveillance plan should be implemented in letter and spirit and made it clear that he will personally monitor the steps taken in this regard. It is my mission to save the province from both the diseases and line departments will have to work hard for this purpose.
Special attention should be paid to indoor and outdoor surveillance and the teams should be available in the field, he said. He stated that SOPs for the eradication of polio and dengue have been devised in the light of the WHO guidelines adding that implementation on these SOPs is necessary to achieve the targets.
There is no room for any negligence and poor performance will not be tolerated. He warned that departmental action, as well as accountability, will be held on bad performance while the best performing staff will be encouraged.
He reiterated that every step will be audited and ‘all is good’ type reports will not be helpful. The CM further stated that anti-dengue work will be daily monitored and results will have to be shown by employing collective efforts to overcome poliovirus.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting at his office in which secretary primary and secondary health gave a briefing about anti-dengue and anti-polio steps.
Provincial ministers – Murad Raas, Yasir Humayun, Pir Saeedul Hassan Shah, Chief Secretary, ACS, SMBR, Commissioners of Lahore and DG Khan Divisions attended the meeting while Divisional Commissioners participated through video link.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar directed early disposal of water from low-lying areas. He said that every resource should be utilized by Wasa and administration to early complete this job. He warned that negligence will not be tolerated and drainage of water should be ensured in the minimum of time.
The Wasa and admin officials should remain in the field to ensure implementation of the devised plan, he stressed. Negligence will not be tolerated and citizens should not face any difficulty, he added.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar condemned an attack on security forces in North Waziristan and paid rich tribute to the great sacrifice of martyred Lt. Nasir Hussain Khalid, Naik Muhammad Imran and Sepoy Usman Akhtar.

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