LAHORE - Punjab Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik has said that action would be taken against officials of poor performing districts.

Chairing monthly meeting of EDOs Health from the province at Directorate General Health on Monday, he directed a zero tolerance policy towards unauthorised leave empowering EDOs to take action wherever they deemed necessary.

Parliamentary Secretary Health Kh Imran Nazir, Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Director EPI Dr Munir Ahmed, senior officials from health, Finance and P&D departments, representatives from Chief Minister Roadmap team, Punjab Information Technology Board, WHO and UNICEF attended the meeting.

The secretary directed the EDOs to ensure availability of 18 critical medicines at all BHUs.

Director EPI shared recommendations of Technical Advisory Group on EPI and polio. He said SOPs for addressing the refusal clusters has put ultimate responsibility on the DCOs as incharge of District Polio Control Rooms. As per the procedure, the Area Incharges would try to address the refusals the same day and the UCMOs the next day.

If all attempts fail and the refusals persist, the DCO would intervene. Dr Asif from WHO said that as per TAG recommendations, the segregated information on mobile and migrant populations in Punjab was to be gathered and compiled by all districts.

The meeting reviewed the progress of districts on Key Performance Indicators on the basis of a presentation by Chief Minister Roadmap team. The scoring of districts on different indicators was presented wherein explanations were sought from the poor performing districts.