PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations Shah Farman has said that the 'Sehat Ka Insaf Programme' has got a tremendous success and the credit goes to all those who participated in the programme.

Talking to the party workers here on Thursday, Shah Farman said that the total expenditure of the project was Rs124 million and the entire funding of the awareness campaign and extra-operational expenses were paid entirely by the WHO and UNICEF. Giving the background of the 'Sehat Ka Insaf programme', Shah Farman said that it was the failure of earlier polio programmes that Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation approached Chairman PTI Imran Khan and requested him to take personal charge of the anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The minister said that the programme has been lauded internationally and other provinces are now trying to replicate it. He said the programme was negotiated and implemented transparently and even the international community appreciated it.  He said that the UNICEF itself selected a company for advertisement and other publicity campaigning and the PTI volunteers helped the operationalisation process of the programme.  It merits to mention here that with the population of four million people and the main urban centre of North West of Pakistan, Peshawar is a known transit hub, where people in thousands move in and out, making it exposed to poliovirus across the country.

Shah Farman said that the PTI strongly backed the initiative as it is determined to improve health of children of Peshawar and therefore introduced an integrated child healthcare package to safeguard the coming generation against a vaccine preventable childhood diseases. 

Undertaken by the Health Department in collaboration with the KP government, Sehat Ka Insaf aims to build a strong health system in Peshawar, bringing to gather immunisation, improved sanitation and nutrition and health services and to stop transmission of poliovirus in Peshawar.

He reminded that an MoU has been signed with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department and the police while UNICEF has conducted its own audit of all the money involved in the programme.