LAHORE – DCO Noorul Amin Mengal said on Wednesday that the efforts made during the polio campaign yielded better results than expected and 98 per cent target was achieved.

He was presiding over a review meeting at the end of the polio campaign. EDO (Health), District Officer (C), District Officer (Health), DDOs (Health), Dr Debrah of WHO and Dr Maryam Zaidi of UNICEF were among others who attended the meeting.

The DCO appreciated the health department’s performance and announced recommendation letters and prizes for the top five male and female workers.

He expressed great concern that in a locality a religious leader influenced some parents who refused to vaccinate their children.

The DCO deputed concerned Assistant Commissioner and DDO (H) to convince the cleric through other major religious leaders to allow the children to be vaccinated, otherwise strict legal action should be taken against him. The DCO suggested that the Khateeb of Badshahi mosque should also be a Polio Ambassador like Shahid Afridi.

Dr Debrah also verified the improvement in coverage, however she pointed out some weaknesses which she observed in the four Union Councils. EDO (H) told that this was an international polio campaign which was run more vigorously in 165 Union Councils of Lahore city.

APPELLATE AUTHORITY ORDERS: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) DG Ahad Khan Cheema has set aside the orders of appellate authority regarding reinstatement of a dismissed junior clerk Abdul Naeem and up held the orders of the competent authority. Earlier Abdul Naeemhad been proceeded against under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006.