Qaim announces Rs200m for polio-eradication programme
Karachi: The Sindh Chief Minister has announced Rs200 million for polio-eradication programme while hoping that polio will likely be eradicated from the province by next year.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah stated this while talking to a delegation of Rotary Polio Team of USA and Canada, who called on him at the CM House on Tuesday. Ambassador against Polio in Pakistan Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Member National Task Force for Polio Eradication Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Secretary Health Aftab Khatri and Secretary Education (Sindh) Muhammad Siddique Memon were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister highlighted the activities of polio-eradication programme in Sindh, saying that things have improved. He said that the province would be made completely free of polio by next year, for which concerted efforts were being made.
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said that the menace of polio would be eradicated from the entire country. She underlined the need for forging coordination, concentration and cooperation for the purpose and stressed to make the programme a success.
Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho MNA informed that during July 16 to 18, a target of 7,498,143 children has been fixed for which 21,385 teams have been formed.She added that 4,138 motorcycles and 1,153 other vehicles have been deployed for the campaign launched in the 23 districts of the province. She further informed that in various areas of Karachi, 2,284,956 children will be administered polio drops at 482 points and 631 fixed centres, and 5,619 mobiles would be used for the purpose.
President Rotary International Pakistan Aziz Memon said that collective efforts have to be made to completely eradicate polio from Pakistan, adding, as like other provinces, Sindh should also make contribution for this noble cause.
Health Secretary Aftab Ahmed Khatri assured the participants that the provincial government in collaboration with the World Health Organization has launched effective measures to fulfill the commitment of making the Sindh province free from polio.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Jonathan David Faerris, Robert Leepee, Byron Miller, Ahmed Azmy, Nadia Azmy, Serge Poulin, Dino Marzaro, Maro Drocim, Aslam Khalika, Munib Khan, Faiz Kidvai and Iqbal Qureshi.