LAHORE  - Punjab Health Secretary Dr Ejaz Munir has said that strengthening of routine immunization was necessary for polio eradication.

Addressing polio orientation and planning workshop organized by Rotary Club Pakistan at a local hotel on Saturday, he said that target of routine immunization coverage would be enhanced to 80 per cent by 2015 under Punjab Health Roadmap Programme.

Dr Ejaz Munir said that Punjab remained polio-free during current year due to intensive anti-polio drives. He said that the Health Department has issued instructions to all EDOs health to ensure polio vaccination of IDP’s children in their respective districts. He said that national action plan for polio eradication has been strictly implemented in Punjab and Chief Secretary was presiding meetings of DCOs to review progress on action plan.

He said that cooperation between Health Department and Rotary Club would be continued in future for achieving the goal of making Pakistan polio free.

Earlier, Chairperson Rotary Club Aziz Memon appreciated the efforts and measures taken by Punjab Government for polio eradication. He said that the commitment shown by the Chief Minister Punjab for making province polio-free was a precedent for others. He reiterated that Rotary Club would continue efforts for making a polio-free Pakistan.