LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that the Health Department has chalked out programme for special anti-polio campaigns during winter, a low transmission season of crippling virus.

Talking to a delegation of Rotary International from Switzerland, Holland and Italy who came on the invitation of Rotary Club Lahore in connection with the World Polio Day, he said a Provincial Emergency Operation Centre has reestablished at the office of Director General Health Services Punjab to monitor the polio situation.

Governor Rotary Club Punjab Dr Mansoor-ul-Haq, Sajid Bhatti, Mir Arif Ali, District Governor Saeed Shamsi, Muhammad Shahzad and representatives of WHO and Bill Gates Foundation were also present.

Director Health EPI Dr Munir Ahmad briefed the guests regarding the situation of polio in Pakistan particularly in Punjab. He also shared the plan for special anti-polio campaigns during the low transmission season.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that Emergency Operation Centre has close contact with all districts and representatives of WHO, UNICEF, Bill Gates Foundation, Rotary Club. He said that officers of Health Department have been gathered under one roof to monitor the current situation and to take decisions according to the requirements.

He said that Rotary Club always extended cooperation to the Health Department in the struggle against polio. He said the Rotary Club recently provided containers for establishing polio check posts at exit points of the province.

He said that these containers have been installed at Khairabad Bridge Attock and Pir Wadai Bus Stand Rawalpindi. He said that another container would be installed at Badami Bagh Lorry Adda on October 30.

Meanwhile, the menace of dengue continued to haunt people with increasing intensity as 45 more were tested positive for the deadly virus on Sunday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 772.

Out of 45 new cases, 44 were reported from Rawalpindi and one from Lahore.

So far 639 cases have been reported from Rawalpindi, 57 from Lahore and 44 from Sheikhupura.

Workshop on assessment of clinical skills: College of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) Lahore Centre will organise a two-day workshop on Task Oriented Assessment of Clinical Skills (TOACS) for Pediatrics Post Graduate Residents at Lahore General Hospital on October

29-30.

Post Graduate residents from all over the country will participate in this workshop. The renowned pediatricians are facilitators of this workshop. They will discuss different aspects of Pediatric Post Graduate Examination with the participants. The participants will perform examination exercises in the presence of experienced teachers and trainers.