Islamabad - Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation and Chairman CDA Sheikh Ansar Aziz said that multitask campaign would be launched in rural and urban areas of federal capital from September 26 to December 30 for vaccination of children under five years of age.

He said that the DHS has fixed the target of 140,835 children to be vaccinated during the drive and for which 600 teams have been formed, besides 107 sector supervisors and 21 zonal supervisors, to monitor the anti-polio drive.

He assured that every possible step would be taken to eradicate virus and vaccination of every child in the federal capital. He also assured that all resources would be utilised in this regard. He instructed all officials concerned for taking steps for achieving the set targets in this regard. “No slackness would be tolerated and action would be take taken against those who will not perform job properly.”

Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq has said that the government was committed to address the remaining challenges to end the crippling polio transmission in the country.

She expressed satisfaction that Pakistan has been able to reduce the polio cases overall but expressed dismay over campaign quality and high proportion of missed children in the federal capital.

She stressed the need for paying more attention on management, supervision and accountability to tackle the remaining gaps in anti-polio drives, particularly in the federal capital.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capt (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmad said that the local administration would ensure coordination among stakeholders for success of anti-polio drives and achieving the targets. He said that accountability was necessary to maintain quality of the drive, particularly training of women staff.

Inspector General Police Islamabad assured the meeting that every possible security would be provided to the polio teams during anti-polio drives.

Separately, Sheikh Anser Aziz has said that in order to boost business activities and flourish industries in Islamabad, road infrastructure will be improved and allied facilities would be ensured. Furthermore, comprehensive strategy would be evolved to expand the industries in Islamabad so that growing needs of the city could be catered.

He said that Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and CDA will take consolidated steps to resolve the problems of business community of the city. He said that in the wake of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), industries in Islamabad would be prepared to meet the future and modern requirements so that production of these industries could be supplied in the other parts of the country as well.

The mayor directed to constitute a committee comprising of the officers of MCI, CDA and representatives of traders which will compile and submit its recommendations for the solution of genuine issues of traders’ community particularly of the industrial sector so that a comprehensive and consolidated strategy could be evolved in this regard.

He said that on the directions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, a Building Control Authority is also being constituted and representation of traders would be made in that authority, which would help prepare and effective enforcement of building laws.

Sheikh Anser Aziz said that CDA has approved allocation of space for mosque and dispensary in the Industrial area and concerned formations have been directed to initiate work in this regard at the earliest.