PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that despite confronting a situation of multifarious problems in Fata, all available means are being utilised to protect children from polio. 

Talking to the visiting delegation of the organization which called on him at Governor’s House, Peshawar on Sunday under the leadership of an Advisor to the Director General of the organization, Hussein A Gezairy; who is also a former health minister of Saudi Arabia, the governor said, the untoward situation prevailed in the region has also been a constant hurdle in reaching the children to vaccinate them. Secretary Social Sector, Dr Aftab Akbar Durrani briefed the guests about the salient features of the achievements in polio eradication campaign while the Secretary to Governor, Muhammad Abid Majeed was also present on this occasion.

Talking on various points, the governor said terrorism also was one of the components of the problems and to tackle the situation, the government is also applying all the options to promote amicable situation for the polio teams to fulfill their responsibilities. Talking on a point, the governor said, indeed maintenance of quality of vaccine in itself is a difficult task and to overcome it, the government has launched an emergent programme to energise hospitals and health units in far flung areas through solar system. Talking on another point, he added, age limit in respect of the children of IDPs as well as the areas where untoward situation prevailed over the recent past has been increased to 15 years.

The seriousness of the government, he added, can also be judged from the fact that a well planned project costing almost Rs 400 million have been initiated in Fata as a part of the polio eradication campaign which is a break through of a unique nature in the entire country.

Meanwhile, Hussain A Gezairy while talking on this occasion pointed out that experiences of WHO in elsewhere in the world supports the stance that timely and regular immunization never allows reemergence of the disease. The vaccine provided to Pakistan, he added, is also of the same quality, which is being served in rest of the world. To protect our children, he added, we have to keep poliovirus under pressure. Health of children, he added, is much dear to us and we are also sincerely supporting the efforts to protect the children here from the poliovirus.

Meanwhile, the guests were informed that out of a total of 13 reported cases in Fata their overwhelming majority hails from a single tehsil of the Khyber Agency. The government, it was added, has almost completed nine rounds of polio vaccination process in Fata and the last one was carried out during the current month through which 75 per cent of children have been regularly vaccinated.  To reach to the 100% children, it was told, special efforts are under way wherein promotional arrangements through religious leaders and scholars is also being focused as a one of the top priority.

Hoti reiterates govt’s resolve to

eradicate polio from KPK

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that his government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill its commitment to eradicating polio.

He said this during his meeting with special advisor to the Director General WHO and ex-WHO Regional Director EMR Dr Hussein A Gezairy, who called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the CM House on Sunday in context of the recent outbreak of polio cases in the province.

The chief minister welcomed Dr Gezairy and his delegation. The Chief Minister was assisted by Chief Secretary Mr Ghulam Dastgir, Secretary Health Mr Muhammad Ishfaq Khan, DG Health Dr Sharif Ahmad Khan and Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah Focal Person to the CM on polio eradication while Dr Gezairy was assisted by Dr Ilyas Durry Senior Coordinator WHO, Dr Naveed Sadozai WHO Headquarter Geneva, Dr Obaid Ul Islam Team Leader WHO and Dr Zubair Mufti WHO. Dr Gezairy thanked the Chief Minister and lauded the efforts of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in polio eradication. He showed satisfaction over the quality of polio campaigns in the province. He stressed upon the need to dispel all the negative propaganda against polio vaccines by certain misguided elements and to take on board all segments of society for this noble cause. The chief minister showed grave concern over the fresh cases of polio in the already vaccinated children in the province.

He informed the WHO delegation that 9 cases of polio have been reported since the start of August, which is not only saddening but also alarming.

He said that WHO should conduct research into these cases in order to find the causes and effects for these.

He stressed upon the need for further enhancing the quality of polio campaigns, more frequent polio campaigns, strengthening the Union Council Polio Eradication Committees and vigorously trained polio teams.