Polio Free Pakistan; Priority of the Government Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi
Islamabad: The Chairman IPO-Pakistan Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi (MNA-Khyber Agency) has said that polio eradication campaigns would be extended on war footings with collaboration of UNICEF, WHO and other stakeholders in areas of FATA where new polio cases had been reported.
The efforts of Prime Minister Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell would be supported by involving community heads, to mitigate this fatal disease in tribal Areas. The Chairman expressed these views while chairing a meeting of representatives of UNICEF, WHO, Health Department of KPK and Prime Minister Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell here today.
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi pointed out that although different areas of FATA are under stress and few areas are under curfew however, with the involvement of political agents and law enforcement agencies, this core issue would be managed affectively.
He also said that it is the priority of the present government to stabilized the current situation of polio in these areas. Now, the time has come to adopt vigilant approach about such sensitive issue. In this regard, collective efforts have to be made to aware the public about its importance.
Mr. Afridi emphasized that people of tribal areas are playing significant role for the solidarity of the country and it is required that they should be provide all basic necessities of life including health care facilities. He said that Polio eradication is a national cause and every child deserves for having polio drops for healthy future.
Our mission is to bring the people of FATA on the path of national progress and for this mission, healthy and polio free generation is imperative, he added. Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan advised that proper monitoring and evaluation system should be adopted so that Polio campaigns implementation plans of action should be made result oriented.
Earlier representatives of UNICEF, WHO and other officials briefed about polio situation in different areas of FATA. They also highlighted reservations and complications for promotion of Polio campaigns in tribal areas.
On the occasion, unanimous commitment was made that despite several difficulties, Polio campaigns would be completed successively and proper monitoring would be done so that better strategy may be made for present and future Polio campaigns.
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