CM chairs meeting to expedite anti-polio measures

Lahore, May 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): A high-level meeting was held under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office here on Thursday in which Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, provincial ministers Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Yasir Humayun, Murad Raas, Chief Secretary, Federal Secretary for Health, secretaries of concerned departments, Commissioner Lahore Division and senior officers were present. Focal Person of Prime Minister for National Anti-Polio Programme Babar Bin Atta and Divisional Commissioners participated through video link.

The meeting decided to take effective measures for eradicating the polio disease and the Chief Minister gave the approval to set up a special anti-polio taskforce. The proposal was discussed that only those children should be given admissions in the schools that have immunization cards. The special anti-polio campaign will be launched from May 13 in the high-risk union councils whereas a comprehensive anti-polio campaign will also be started from next month across the province. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that it is a matter of great concern that a polio case has been surfaced in Lahore.

He said that health and other line departments will have to discharge their duties in a professional manner as it is a national obligation and they will have to work jointly to cope with it. He directed that Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners should perform their duties in an active manner in the field for curbing the disease of polio. He said that no leniency and negligence will be tolerated in the measures taken for eradicating polio.

He said that every child should be vaccinated and a comprehensive campaign should be launched for creating awareness about the measures taken for curbing polio and every medium should be utilized in this regard. We have to safeguard our future from the fatal disease like polio, he said. He said that no stone should be left unturned for making Pakistan a polio-free country as protecting the children from polio is a national responsibility. He directed that the plan evolved for curbing polio should be strictly implemented. Dr. Zafar Mirza said that the federal government will provide full cooperation to Punjab to curb polio.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2

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