CS calls for issue-driven strategies to plug remaining gaps in polio eradication
PESHAWAR: Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz has said that polio eradication remains tops priority of the government and cautioned the district administrators of zero tolerance for any laxity in achieving the goal of polio eradication initiative (PEI). He was chairing Provincial Task Force Meeting here Monday at Chief Secretary office wherein Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of all divisions joined virtually. Inspector General Police, Sanaullah Khan Abassi, Chairperson Standing Committee on Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Rabia Basri, Secretary Health KP, Imtiaz Hussain Shah, Additional Secretary Home, Secretary Population Welfare, Additional Secretary Elementary Education, Additional Secretary Local Government, DG Health, Additional Secretary Health (Polio), Abdul Basit, Director EPI,UNICEF National Team Lead Hamesh Young, WHO National Team Lead, Zainul Abideen, Country Representative of Rotary International Aziz Memon were present in the meeting. Dr Kazim Niaz said that a lot of efforts, coordination and resources goes into every round of anti-polio campaign and it was important to ensure optimal use and benefits of all these efforts by ensuring a strict monitoring and accountability system in place at all levels. He commended the good work done by Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners for polio eradication in their respective regions despite challenges and called for adopting issue-based strategies to plug the remaining gaps in wiping out the scourge from the region. The top provincial bureaucrat underscored the need to redouble the efforts for reaching the finishing line saying that with teamwork and exiting support from all line departments and government functionaries the dream of polio free Pakistan will soon be translated into reality. - APP ���