PESHAWAR: khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cheif Secretary Dr Kazim  Niaz has said that the eradication of polio virus from the province is the top priority of the incumbent government. He was addressing to the meeting of Provincial Task Force on Polio eradication here on Monday. 

Dr Kazim said that the provincial Government is utilising all if it’s available resources to safeguard the future generations against this fatal disease. He said that eradication of polio from the province is not only our national obligation but also international  commitment.

The meeting was also attended by Chairperson Standing Committee Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Health Dr. Sumera Shams, Administrative Secretaries of relevant departments, police officials, Deputy Commissioners, relevant quarters of both  federal and provincial Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) and representatives of world Health Organisations and other international  partner organizations attended the meeting.

Coordinator Provincial Emergency Operation  Centre, Mr Abdul Basit provided a detailed  briefing to the forum on various aspects of polio eradication program with special focus on the challenges confronting the polio program in the province. The forum discussed in detail various suggestions to run the anti-polio campaign in a more effective, coordinated and result oriented manner.

For the improved anti-polio campaign the forum also suggests increase in the number of EPI centres, and remuneration of front-line  
polio workers. It also suggests maximum involvement of political and religious 
leaders in polio programs. 

In his address to the participants of the meeting, the chief Secretary 
stressed the need of effective and close coordination amongst the divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, all line departments and the international partner organizations in order to make the anti-polio campaign more effective. 

The chief Secretary also directed  commissioners and the deputy commissioners to pay special attention to the high risk union councils in their respective  areas and to get the local political and religious leadership involved .

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