KARACHI: Federal Minister for State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar on Wednesday said that polio in Sindh had confined to Karachi, however, the government had decided to take stern action against those showing negligence in anti-polio campaign.
Chairing a meeting to review polio situation in Sindh at chief secretary office, Saira said that there was need to ensure routine immunization against polio, particularly in very high risk 11 UCs of the city. She said that federal government in collaboration with provincial government was committed to provide foolproof security to anti-polio teams.
She said that there was no way to justify even a single polio case in the province. Saira also said: “Other three provinces has taken strict measures to tackle polio as a result, environmental samples from the cities of those provinces which had previously been tested positive for the poliovirus are negative.
Saira said that Sindh health department must show its efficiency for effective surveillance of anti-polio campaign. The state minister was also briefed by Dr Azra Pechoho about the security plan for running anti-polio Campaign in Sindh starting from 15 November. Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Provincial Health Secretary, Commissioner, DCOs of Karachi and other high ups also attended the meeting.
She while referring to concerns voiced by the international community over a surge in polio cases in the country. She said that our prime responsibility is to work on war footing basis for the eradication of polio.
Focal Person on PM polio cell Dr Ayesha said that efforts were being made to counter the menace of polio and all the organs of health department must work in coordination so that campaign prove as result-oriented.
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