CS directs tailored approach to stop polio circulation
PESHAWAR: Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz has reiterated the unequivocal commitment of the provincial government for the national cause of polio eradication initiative (PEI) and directed district administrators to take every measure for the success of polio eradication in their respective districts.
He said this while chairing a provincial task force meeting here at Secretariat on Monday. Secretary Home & Tribal Affairs, Inspector General Police, Secretary Health, Secretary Education, Secretary Population Welfare, Members of standing committees of provincial assembly, Commissioners and deputy commissioners of all divisions, CCPO, Coordinator EOC, Abdul Basit, and officials of EOC and health department were also present on the occasion.
Dr Kazim Niaz said that provincial government was working on a comprehensive strategy with the support and guidance of technical partners to achieve the goal of polio free status and stop virus circulation in the region by reaching out to the target children in every campaign.
He said that district administration has a key role in polio eradication and directed Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to work out a special strategy for high risk union councils in their respective districts so as to plug the gaps at the grass root levels with specific focus on provision of fool proof security to health workers.
Chief Secretary also directed Secretary Education and Secretary Population Welfare to support the national cause of polio eradication, adding that polio eradication was national public health emergency and it was the duty of every citizen to participate in the cause and protect children from disabilities.
Earlier, Chief Secretary and participants of the meeting prayers offered fateha for the slain health workers in district Swabi last month. – APP