LAHORE – Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has asked the departments concerned to continue anti-polio campaign in the province as well as motive the parents to protect the future of their children by getting polio drops administered to them.  “Polio is a dangerous disease and might result in permanent disability, therefore Punjab government is vigorously pursuing anti-polio campaign throughout the province. However, there is a need to create awareness among the people regarding anti-polio campaign,” he added.  He was presiding over a meeting held to review the anti-polio campaign in the province at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Provincial Minister for Health Salima Hashmi, Secretary Health, IGP, representatives of World Health Organization and UNICEF as well as concerned authorities attended the meeting.  Sethi said a comprehensive awareness campaign should be launched for administering anti-polio drops and special attention be paid to backward areas in this regard.  The chief minister directed that anti-polio campaign should be launched regularly in those cities which were sensitive with regard to this disease and suburbs of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Lahore should be focused. He said those administering anti-polio drops to the children were performing an important national responsibility and the government would discharge its duty of providing them security. He directed authorities concerned to ensure security of the staff during the drive.  The health secretary gave a briefing regarding the steps taken for eradication of polio from the province.

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