Commissioner Quetta and Coordinator EOC Vow to Eradicate Polio

Quetta – Commissioner Quetta Division Kambar Dashti and Coordinator Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Balochistan Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman have urged the officials to put more efforts on the high risk areas like Killa Abdullah during the next three day anti-polio campaign scheduled to be held on December 14th this month.

Quetta Division, comprises of three high risk districts Quetta, Killa Abdullah and Pishin.

Kambar Dashti, Commissioner Quetta Division, has chaired a high level meeting to review the results of previous campaigns in the high risk areas of Killa Abdullah.

Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman gave a detailed presentation on the previous campaigns in Killa Abdullah and highlighted the gray areas.  Deputy Commissioner Killa Abdullah Khuda-e-Dad, UNICEF Team Lead Dr. Jawahir Habib, WHO Team Lead Dr. Ibrahim Yallahow, BMGF Dr. Masood Khan Jogezai, N-STOP Officer Dr. Aftab Kakar, Assistant Commissioners and officials of Health Department have attended the meeting.

Commissioner Quetta Division Kambar Dashti said he is not going to discuss what happened in past but it is the time now to eradicate this crippling disease in order to protect our children. “Though the performances during the last three campaigns have been improved but we need to do more until and unless every single child of our province is vaccinated and protected from this preventable disease,” he said.

Commissioner said administration, health department, WHO, UNICEF and other partners will increase their efforts during the next campaign.

He said everyone involved in the campaign from Commissioner to a polio worker will be held equally accountable if there is flaw and negligence. “We need to put extra efforts and I myself will monitor the campaign and its arrangements,” he said. “Negligence and poor performance will not be tolerated.”

Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman has said there have been improvements in the past three campaigns but more efforts needed to sustain this performance in order to put a complete end to this virus. He informed about the formation of teams and LQAs collected for the last campaign.

Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman said the three-day anti-polio campaign will start by December 14th aimed vaccinating over 2.4 million children in 30 districts of Balochistan. “All the security arrangements have been concluded while meetings will be held ahead of the campaign to review the arrangements.”

They vowed to improve the performance and personally monitor the campaign in each district and union council. Deputy Commissioner Killa Abdullah said there are some issues but these issues will be addressed.

Staff report

Published in The Balochistan Point on December 1, 2015

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