Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations, Shah Farman said here today that the Sehat Ka Insaf Programme had been a tremendous success and “the credit for its success goes to all those who participated in the programme”.
He was talking to the party workers here today, Shah Farman said that the total expenditure of the project was Rs. 124 million and the entire funding of the awareness campaign and extra operational expenses were paid for entirely by WHO and UNICEF. Giving the background of the Sehat Ka Insaf programme, Shah Farman said that it was the failure of earlier polio programmes that Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation approached Chairman PTI Imran Khan and requested him to take personal charge of the anti polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Shah Farman said that the reality is that this programme has been lauded internationally and other provinces are now trying to replicate Sehat Ka Insaf. This programme was negotiated and implemented transparently and even the international community appreciated it.
He said that UNICEF itself selected a company for advertisement and other publicity campaigning and the PTI volunteers helped the operationalization process of the programme.
It merits a mention here that with the population of 4 million people and the main urban centre of North West of Pakistan, Peshawar is a known transit hub, where people in thousand move in and out making Peshawar exposed to polio virus across the country; therefore, it has become an amplifier of the polio virus. WHO reported Peshawar as the larger reservoir of polio virus. Despite dangerously exposed to polio virus there is no polio drops cover.
Shah Farman said, our party strongly backed the initiative as PTI is determined to improve the health of the children of Peshawar and therefore introduced an integrated child healthcare package to safeguard our coming generation against a vaccine preventable childhood diseases.
Undertaken by the Health Department in collaboration of the Govt: of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sehat Ka Insaf aims to build a stronger health system in Peshawar, bringing to gather immunization, improved sanitation and nutrition and health services and to stop transmission of polio virus in Peshawar.
He reminded that MoU has been signed with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department and the Police while UNICEF does its own audit of all the money involved in the programme. The provincial government has pledged no funding for the programme, he concluded.