Karachi, January 11, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that emergence of 24 polio cases in the province in 2019 was quite painful for him and now we have to make 2020 a safe year by eradicating polio from the province with effective and coordinated efforts, otherwise, our future generations, if left to suffer from crippling disease, would not pardon us.
This he said while presiding over a meeting on Provincial Task Force on Polio Eradication here on Saturday at the CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Pechuho, Syed Nasir Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani, Secretary LG Roshan Shaikh, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, all deputy commissioner of the city, all commissioners and deputy commissioner of other divisions and districts of Sindh through video link.
The chief minister said that most of the polio cases had links with Karachi, therefore, the health department and its other concerned wings needed to focus on Karachi by segregating the areas so that their environmental samples could be made negative. It may be noted that Gadap, Gulshan, Baldia, SITE, Korangi, Liaquatabad, and Saddar towns have been positive throughout 2019 as far as environmental samples are concerned. Similarly, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Hyderabad, Dadu and Kambar-Shahdadkot districts also remained positive.
Polio vaccine coverage: Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) In-charge Rehan Baloch told the chief minister that there was target of administering polio drops to 9,076,523, children in the Sindh province including 2,293,687 in Karachi, 2,160,552 Hyderabad, 1,514,246 Larkana, 785,475 Mirpurkhas, 1,093,139 Shaheed Benazirabad and 1,229,424 Sukkur. With special efforts, the coverage remained 100% allover Sindh. He disclosed that 82.1 percent missed children were also covered and still 295704 children were missed.
The chief minister directed EOC Incharge to ensure that not a single child remained without polio vaccine. He directed him to send special team to the houses of not available children at night so that they could be covered. The chief minister was told that 95% coverage had been achieved in seven days of December 2019 in Karachi and 100 percent in other divisions of the province.
Murad directed Incharge EOC to coordinate with all the deputy commissioners on Skype so that coverage could be made more effective. The chief minister also directed all the commissioners and deputy commissioners to submit him a report of all their taluka/tahsil levels about the performance of polio team.
The chief minister directed Minister Local Government to make local bodies more effective in terms of cleanliness work so that polio virus could be controlled. He also issued such directives to the deputy commissioners to keep their cities and water bodies neat and clean. The chief minister also directed EOC to improve case response in 2020. He added that in rural areas of the province, 782 union councils, where environmental samples had been found positive, must be focused.
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