LAHORE - A delegation led by Chairman International Polio Plus Committee & Vice Chairman Rotary Foundation Michael McGovern called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Saturday and discussed steps with regard to eliminating polio.

Talking to the delegation, the chief minister said coordinated measures have been taken for elimination of polio from the province which has yielded positive results. Due to stepped up efforts, Punjab has become a polio-free province, however, steps would continue to be taken in future, he added.

Shahbaz said an anti-polio task force has been constituted in Punjab and all DCOs are members of this task force. He added the Punjab government has also evolved an effective mechanism of accountability for eradicating polio due to which the situation in Punjab has greatly improved and no case of polio was reported in 2015. Similarly, all environmental samples of Punjab of May 2015 were also found negative, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said administrative machinery has been activated for eradicating polio in Punjab and political and administrative teams is working with devotion and dedication for eradication of polio. That is why, Punjab has become polio-free in 2015, he added.

“Elimination of polio from the country is one of the top priorities of the government,” the CM reiterated, adding anti-polio plan is being implemented for providing polio-free environment to coming generations.

International Polio Plus Committee Chairman Michael McGovern, speaking on the occasion, said that excellent work has been done for elimination of polio from Punjab under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif. He also urged other provinces to follow the unprecedented steps taken by Punjab for eradication of polio.

He also appreciated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for evolving an effective monitoring and management system regarding polio in Punjab.

Ramazan Bazaars benefiting masses, says CM: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that a large number of people are benefiting from Ramazan Bazaars set up throughout the province. He said flour, ghee, pulses, vegetables, fruits and chicken are available in Ramazan bazaars at cheaper rates and best arrangements have been made for the facility of purchasers. The chief minister also directed the authorities to keep a vigilant eye on open markets including Ramazan bazaars and quality and prices of the essential items be monitored.

He suggested provincial ministers, assembly members, secretaries and concerned officials to visit open markets for reviewing the prices.

Addressing a meeting at Civil Secretariat on Saturday, Shahbaz Sharif said interest of the people will be protected and no one will be allowed to exploit the masses. He also warned hoarders and profiteers of indiscriminate action.

Encouraging those who have made best arrangements in Ramazan bazaars, the chief minister said provincial machinery is fully active regarding Ramzan bazaars and efforts of concerned departments are commendable. However he sought security arrangements in Ramazan bazaars to be further improved.