A protest demonstration was held against alleged irregularities and mismanagement in polio vaccination campaign here the other day.

The protesters alleged that the health staff was utilising used syringes for administration of vaccination to their children in THQ Hospital Kabirwala. They also said that the staff was not administering the vaccination to the children free of cost but charging from them. Corruption of the staff was damaging the campaign, they said.

They feared that due to the use of the old syringes, their children may suffer different diseases. They said that the EDO health and the hospital medical superintendent had turned a blind eye to the issue. When complained, they said, the hospital staff insulted them. They added that dozens of complaints had already been made against MS Aftab Gujar but to no avail.

When contacted, the EDO said that the polio campaign was going on successfully in the district, and claimed that Khanewal was one of the top districts in Punjab province regarding eradication of polio and it was polio-free district since 2010.