SADIQABAD - The DBA president has reminded that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif of his promise he made as then Punjab chief minister while addressing a meeting of the District Bar Association of Rahim Yar Khan in 1986 to set up residential colonies for lawyers and journalists.

Talking to reporters on the court premises, Malik Sajid Ali Feroz said that his party is in power as his brother Shahbaz Sharif is the chief minister of the province. Therefore, the CM should accomplish his brother’ 25-year-old promise by sanctioning a land to set up colonies for lawyers and journalists of the district. Since the establishment of Pakistan, he said, both the professions had been being ignored, adding they had and were delivering unprecedented service for the nation. He also praised the Punjab government’s revolutionary steps to remove the sense of deprivation of the people of South Punjab and development and prosperity of the region, regretting that the district bar and the media were being ignored. 

HEALTH OFFICERS WARNED OF STERN ACTION: The executive district officer (health) of Rahim Yar Khan has said that over 6,000 gipsy children were also administered polio vaccines during the ongoing anti-polio drive across the district.

Dr Jameel Chaudhry added that all the district health officers had been directed to work in the field outside their respective offices and do their official work on Fridays and Mondays. He explained that total 508,824 children under the age of five were administered polio drops

The EDO added that from March 1, 2012, a third party evaluation for routine EPI was be carried out. Under the door-to-door evaluation, teams would check routine injections coupled with EPI cards, he further said.

“In case less than 95 percent performance report, a legal action will be taken against the vaccinators, CDC supervisor, ASV, zonal supervisor as well as the medical officer concerned,” he clarified. The EDO disclosed that every medical officer was the health officer of every union council and in-charge of all the infectious diseases programmes as well.

“The rural health centres health officers have been assigned the task of inspecting every week the performance of the programmes of school health nutrition, sanitation, malaria, TB Dots, National Programme, polio drive and other childhood vaccinations in the fields in their respective union councils,” he added. “Therefore, the medical officers are supposed to discharge the responsibilities of the health officers and submit a monthly report in this regard.”

He observed that the non-governmental organisations were helping the Health Department officials educate the people about the disease, expressing the hope that the currently happening polio campaign would produce better results.