Compensation for polio workers demanded

Karachi: Chairperson All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Employees Association Sindh Khair-un-Nisa Memon on Thursday said children are the future of Pakistan and for the sake of country lady health workers are ready perform their duties in Sindh province if the government gives them appropriate security.

She expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club. Senior leader of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Al-Hajj Noor Muhammad and Farzana Baloch and other were also present.

She said according the news reports 31 polio workers were assassinated in the line of duty across the country in last 18 month, while seven murdered in Sindh province alone. She said only condemnation statements from the government side are not enough and the authorities should react strongly against people involved in these heinous crimes.

She informed that in Sindh the health workers have yet to receive their pending salaries of last five months. Moreover, their jobs are not being regularized by the provincial government despite the orders of apex court. She urged the government to officially declare polio workers, murdered in line duty for eradication of polio from the country, as ‘martyrs’.

She said eradication of polio is linked with Pakistan economy. She strongly condemned the non-serious attitude of administrative officers in elimination of polio and termed the killing of lady health workers an act of preplanned conspiracy.

Khair-un-Nisa presented 16-piont demands to the government, including payment of compensation of all polio workers who murdered and injured during the campaign, regularization of lady health workers, increase in polio workers’ daily wages, security clearance certificate from area SHOs, pick and drop service for lady health workers, early release of the pending salaries and deployment of Rangers in high-risk areas during the campaign.

Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said polio disease was scheduled to be eliminated in the year 2005, but unfortunately polio cases are increasing day by day in Pakistan.

He said offered full support for polio workers from PMA. He strongly condemned assassination of vaccinators during polio campaign in Karachi.

Vic-President Lady Health Workers Karachi Farzana Baloch said there is no trend of self-vaccination in the society and lack of awareness is also big factor behind the prevalence of polio disease. She urged the government to provide security to the lady health workers.

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