LAHORE - The speakers of inaugural ceremony of 3-day National Anti-Polio Campaign held at Children Hospital on Monday have said that if the one polio case exists in our country the threat of this menace would be remained for other children as well. They said eradication of polio was a collective responsibility of the government as well as the whole society and we work hard with dedication for this noble cause. MNA Naseer Ahmad Bhutta, MPA Hafiz Nauman, Dr Zamurd Yaseen, Director General Health Punjab Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch, Medical Officer of WHO Dr Debra, Dean Children Hospital Prof Tahir Masood and Medical Director Dr Ahsan Waheed Rathor addressed the inaugural session. Naseer Ahmad Bhutta said disease free society was the vision of Punjab Chief Minister for which he was endeavoring hard to achieve this goal. He said it was the utmost desire of the chief minister to provide equal health facilities to all the citizens. Naseer Bhutta further said polio was a crippling disease and people have to struggle jointly for its eradication. Dr Zamurd Yaseen said on the directions of the chief minister free medicines were being provided in government hospitals and for the first time instead of VIP rooms, general wards of the government hospitals had been made air-conditioned. The speakers urged upon the people especially parents to cooperate with the vaccination teams of health department and ensure administering polio drops to their children for saving them from permanent disability. DG Health Punjab Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch said due to the specific condition in our northern areas, a number of children deprived of polio drops in every anti-polio campaign which was a one of the basic reasons of existence of this disease in the country. He informed that health department had arranged polio drops for more than 17 million children up to five years of age. He said for this purpose 38,000 vaccination teams had been constituted who would visit door to door for administering polio drops to the children. The health department has also arranged polio vaccination at public places such as railway stations, bus terminals, tool plazas and airports, he added. During 3-day polio campaign from 28 to 30 of December all the hospitals and health centers would also extend this facility he said. He appealed to the parents that they must get vaccinated their children of polio drops for saving their lives. EDO Health Lahore Dr Umar Farooq Baloch, Director Health EPI, Dr Arshad Iqbal Dar, DOH Lahore Dr Haq Nawaz Bharwana and other officers of health department were also attended the ceremony.