LAKKI MARWAT - Deputy Commission Nisar Ahmad has said that the district administration would engage male and female teachers as well as employees of other departments in anti-polio drives in case the concerned authorities faced shortage of lady health workers and other volunteers.

Presiding over a high level meeting at his office on Monday, he took serious notice of poor performance of education department officials in supervision activities of anti polio drive. He directed the district education officer to ensure effective monitoring of polio eradication campaigns through his subordinate officials.

He said that assistant sub divisional education officers and other government officials should ensure their attendance in evening meetings during anti polio drives to review daylong progress and field difficulties.

Among others APA Muhammad Fayyaz Khan Sherpao, District Health Officer Dr Abdul Ghaffar Wazir, Deputy District Health Officer Dr Abdul Rehman, WHO representative Dr Illauddin, Polio Eradication Officer Dr Adnan Akbar Khan and EPI coordinator Dr Hafeezullah attended the meeting.

Nisar said that the drive against crippling disease could be made a success by ensuring effective monitoring of polio teams.

He said that lack of interest on part of government officials in polio eradication campaigns would not be tolerated at all.

“The officials tasked with monitoring the campaign should ensure their presence in evening meetings being held to review and assess the daylong progress of campaign”, he maintained.

He directed the district khateeb to seek help from religious scholars and prayers’ leaders to  persuade people especially parents on immunization of their children. “The clerics should be requested to educate people during Jumma sermons and in routine mosque lessons on usefulness of oral polio vaccine for kids’ health”, he said.