PESHAWAR - The protesting doctors Thursday called off strike after successful talks with the government and got assurance that their long-awaited demands would be met.

This decision to end boycotts of hospitals was taken at a meeting with the doctors community representatives held with Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak at CM house. Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai was also present on the occasion.

The representatives of the Health Coordination Council and 13 other health workers’ associations met with the chief minister and apprised him about their demands especially implementation of the Essential Service Act in the hospitals.

The representatives of the health workers said that the provincial government has accepted their demands including health allowance and duty hours, therefore, they have called off their strike.

The doctors have been protesting for meeting their demands for the last 13 days due to which patients suffered a lot.

Meanwhile, CM KPK Pervez Khattak has said that provincial government was fully committed to eradicate polio from province and all available resources were being utilized for the purpose.

He added that with close coordination of polio partners 70 per cent decline in polio cases was achieved in 2015 as compared to 2014.

He said this while addressing a ceremony held here on Thursday to pay tribute to the EPI Coordinator Swabi Late Dr Yaqoob Khan who was gunned down on November 30, 2015 due to his extra ordinary services for eradication of polio.

Provincial Minister for Health Sharam Khan Tarakai, Secretary Health, National Chair Rotary National Aziz Memon, representatives of UNICEF, World Health organization attended the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, the Chief Minister said that Dr Yaqoob Khan was a brilliant, devoted and committed officer. His brutal killing, he said not only shocked his family but also snatched a man so committed to kick out polio. He also appreciated the role played by rotary, CDC, WHO, UNICEF and other partners in polio eradication and said due to close coordination and collaboration polio cases are remarkably controlled in 2015. He also expressed his satisfaction over the performance of polio workers and said, “We have well committed team including EPI, volunteers working under the leadership of chairman PTI Imran Khan to root out the polio from province”.

He reiterated the commitment of government to eliminate polio from the society to make the province free of polio.

They expressed their satisfaction over the assistance provided by the provincial government to eradicate polio. They also declared to start master degree scholarship program to pay tribute the heroes of polio campaign. On this occasion a cheque of Rs 200000 on behalf of rotary international was handed over to the son of the late Dr Yaqoob Khan.

The personal message of the president rotary international K.R Ravindran and chairman rotary polio plus committee Michael were readout on the occasion.