LAHORE - Three-day anti-polio campaign started in Punjab yesterday as part of the National Immunization Day.

As many as 18 million children of below five years will be administered polio drops by 42604 teams in 3522 Union Councils of the province during the three days. The government has planned to target Not Available children, poorly covered and missed areas.

Punjab accounted for two out of 52 cases in the country during the last year. The province faces a major challenge of migrant population from other provinces. Special Transit Points have been set up on bordering districts with other provinces where children are immunized on entry points.

EPI Director Dr Munir Ahmed said that instructions have been passed to all EDOs (H) to ensure coverage of every child especially high risk mobile populations.

Separately chairing a meeting, CM’s Adviser on Health Kh Salman Rafiq said that Rs100 million special grant will be provided for making Jinnah Hospital Burn Unit fully functional.

steps for making the unit functional at Civil Secretariat yesterday, he said that PG trainess post would be created for starting ICU of the Burn Unit.

The adviser reiterated his government’s resolve to provide better healthcare to the people.

Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah, Additional Secretary Development Mehmood Hasan, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Mehmood Shaukut, Project Director Prof Moazzam Tarer and Medical Superintendent Dr Shafqat attended the meeting. Prof Moazzam Tarer informed that five out of seven operation theatres were functional and 50 out of 75 beds were being utilised.

He said that in-door and out- door treatment of burn cases has been started. He said that serious patients were not taken as the ICU was not functional. He said that 264 out of 314 approved vacancies have been filled. Najam Ahmad Shah directed creation of 10 seats of PG trainees in anesthesia.

33 units sealed: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sealed 33 units for recycling clinical waste during the last 10 days. The EPA team headed by Director Nasim-ur-Rehman recovered 6,703 kg clinical waste. The team on a tip-off, raided the area and took action over violation of environmental protection laws.