Rawalpindi - Health Advisor Punjab Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that eradication of polio is a national responsibility.

Chairing a meeting held here yesterday, he said that parents refusing to get their children administered polio vaccine, would be motivated and even then if they refused, cases would be registered against them.

Khawaja Salman Rafique stressed upon the parents to get administered polio drops to their children up to the age of 5 years. He said that negligence of the staff would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against them. District Coordination Officer Sajid Zafar Dal, Director General Health Dr Mukhtar, Naveed Sadoozi and officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, District Health Department Rawalpindi will launch a weeklong special drive to create awareness among women about the healthcare of mothers and children. The drive will mark the Mother and Child Health Week, which will start on Monday.

District Population Welfare Officer Shireen Sukhan, in a statement, said that all arrangements had been completed to make the campaign successful. She said that basic aim was to educate women about their health and preventive measures, especially during pregnancy, delivery and for infants’ health. Most of maternal and child deaths, she said, were caused by preventable diseases and urged the people to participate in health-related programmes.