SIALKOT

As many as 622,000 children including 7,000 nomad kids would be administered anti-polio vaccine during a three-day nationwide campaign starting tomorrow (Monday).

Police security has been provided to the vaccinators, claimed the district coordination officer. The nomad children were also made part of the campaign. The official target of giving anti polio vaccination was fixed 622,000 children under the age of five years for Sialkot district for the three-day anti polio vaccination campaign.

District Health Officer Dr Javaid Warraich said 1,032 mobile teams, 130 fixed teams at hospitals, BHUs and RHCs, 200 EPI centres, 55 transit teams at bus stops besides eight roaming teams would administer drops to the children.

On the other hand, Patwaries and secretaries of all the union councils in Sialkot district have already been assigned with vaccination duty to make the campaign successful.

The local people have to suffer great ordeal due to non-availability of the Patwaries and secretaries concerned. They arrange special announcements through loudspeakers to motivate the people to ensure the anti-polio vaccination of their children during the campaign.

Rs500m for various projects released: The Punjab government has released special development funds of Rs500 million for ensuring the timely completion of eight schemes of highways, public health and water in Sialkot and Gujranwala districts, said a divisional officer.

The Gujranwala Division commissioner revealed this while presiding over a meeting of the district heads of various departments held here to review the pace of ongoing development schemes.

He added that the new sewerage pipelines would be laid in Sialkot city from Zohra Memorial Hospital Sialkot to Chowk Railway Station, Mehtab Garh to Adalatgarha to Nullah Aik by spending Rs97.7 million. Rs63.4 million would be spent on the repairing of different roads from cantonment plaza to Rangers Road Level Crossing and Kh Muhammad Safdar Road for providing better means of communication.

He added that in Gujranwala city, Rs60 million would be spent on the upgradation of the sanitation system from Ghorey Shah locality and surrounding areas, Rs44 million would be spent on rectification and upgradation of sewerage and drainage system of Kalar Abadi, Rs76.7 million would be spent in Noshera Saansi, Rs20 million in Saansi, Kashmir Colony and surroundings, Rs77 million in Mian Saansi Road and Rs57.7 million in Kot Jehan Bukhash-Alipur Chatta Road area.