LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman has said that political will is required in all the provinces for polio eradication.

Talking to the media after heading a polio awareness walk on Thursday, the adviser said that hardwork and concentration was required for rooting out polio. He also lauded the efforts of provincial government, saying that despite having a population higher than three other provinces only three polio cases out of 212 cases had been detected in Punjab.

Office bearers of Rotary Club, foreign guests from Rotary International, medical students, representatives of civil society participated enthusiastically in the walk. The participants were carrying placards with anti-polio slogans.

Responding to a question, Salman said that there was no case of refusal reported in Punjab but some unpleasant incidents involving polio workers and locals were the result of intolerance and tension in the society. He said that although the polio workers are serving the humanity and administering polio drops to the children of common man for their better health, some residents reacted badly when their doors were knocked.

He informed the media that government was implementing zero tolerance policy on mishandling and torturing on polio workers, warning that strict action would be taken against such people. He mentioned that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had also taken strict notice of the incident in Lohari Gate and had directed the police officers to take action against the culprits. “Police has also registered the case against the people involved in this particular case,” he added. Salman also lauded the efforts of Rotary Club for eradication of polio, saying that its services for the noble cause were significant.