Lady health workers pay scale upgraded: Jamal


Caretaker Provincial Health Minister Dr Jamal Nasir on Monday said that the scale of lady health workers had been increased from 5 to pay scale 8.

While inaugurating the anti-polio campaign at the office of the Health department, Dr Jamal Nasirsaid that a 25 per cent allowance has also been added to the basic pay of lady health workers. The provincial health minister said that Polio was a national issue, and it was the responsibility of all to play an influential role in making the country polio-free. He informed that over 947,000 children under five would be vaccinated during a week-long drive in the Rawalpindi district which would continue till March 19. Dr Jamal Nasirsaid 3,723 teams, including 3,272 mobile teams, 289 fixed points, 214 union council medical officers, and 765 area in-charges have been assigned the immunization task. He said that the anti-polio campaign had been started in 13 districts of the province, including Rawalpindi, while around 10 million children would be vaccinated against Polio across the province.

He urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role in eliminating the crippling disease from society. The caretaker health minister added that prisoners would be screened for various diseases free of cost in all jails across Punjab.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel on Monday reiterated that the government was committed to eradicating polio from the country and urged parents to cooperate with the polio workers during the campaign. The aim of launching polio campaigns was to protect children through immunization and boost their immunity,” he said while talking to a private news channel.

He said that 21 million children under the age of five would be vaccinated during the anti-polio drive which started today.

Qadir Patel said that polio workers were our national heroes who were playing a key role in the fight against this virus.

He also asked Islamic scholars, media and civil society to play an active role to eradicate polio from our country. The anti-polio campaign would provide the necessary awareness to the citizens, he added.