P&SHD prepares comprehensive plan to eradicate polio

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The Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Department (P&SHD) in line with the directives of Chief Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar has prepared a comprehensive plan comprising short, medium and long term measures for eradication of polio from the province.
Provincial Coordinator for Polio Eradication Salman Ghani gave a briefing to the Chief Secretary regarding plan at Civil Secretariat here on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Yousaf Naseem said that concerted and joint efforts are needed for complete eradication of polio from the country. He mentioned that there is a need to step up efforts against polio in the province, saying that no laxity would be tolerated in this regard.
Hardworking officers would be encouraged while the negligent ones would be punished, he said adding that dependence on volunteers should be minimized to ensure quality in the anti polio drive.
The Chief Secretary maintained that people’s cooperation is of key importance in efforts to fight polio; all relevant departments should play an active role in enhancing public awareness about this crippling disease. He said that there is a need to work with national spirit to eradicate polio once and for all.
Provincial Coordinator for Polio Eradication Salman Ghani briefed that due to effective steps the result of environmental samples from Lahore and Multan was negative in June.—INP