Districts asked to comply with new polio emergency plan: Rafique


City Reporter

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique here on Sunday, directed the districts to comply with new indicators of National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication2016-17.
Chairing the monthly EDOs (H) meeting, he said Punjab’s LQAS results for Polio NID September were 93%, much above the pass benchmark, but the troubled Union Councils still needed to be analyzed in detail.
The Advisor to the Chief Minister 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 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 reviewed the immunization efforts in the southern districts and asked the districts to prepare special immunization plans for riverine areas. The Secretary P&SH also directed the penalties and other disciplinary measures may be imposed on staff not complying with bio-matric attendance. The meeting reviewed the status of BHUs, facilities and resources needed for improvement.

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