Admn takes notice of poor performance in polio drive

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohat, Khalid Ilyas has taken notice of the poor performance in the recent polio eradication campaign. Besides, directing the concerned authorities for the suspension of responsible U-pack chairmen, area incharges and heads of the teams he has also directed the deduction of 5 to 10 days salaries from them and conducting on inquiry and departmental action against them.

He issued these directives while presiding over an anti-polio meeting here in his Monday. Assistant Commissioner (AC) Lachi, Sami-ur-Rehman, District Health Officer (DHO) Kohat, representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other conceerned authoriteis attended the meeting. The Deputy Commissioner warned that polio is a national issue and ruled out any compromise in this regard. Therefore, he warned of stern action against those showing poor performance in future and ruled out no leniency with anyone.

The meeting was told in detail about the upcoming four-day anti-polio campaign scheduled from April 9, 2018 and steps taken for the success of the drive. The Deputy Commissioner said that due to some doubts and confusion few people are reluctant to administer polio drops to their children irrespective of the fact that there is no harm in it both medically as well as from religious point of view and its only objective is to ensure health and secured future of children.

He clarified that refusal to administer polio drops, hiding children or their shifting to other places during the anti-polio campaign is crime and totally not tolerable. He said that anyone involved in such activity will face stern action as it further enhance the threat of polio. So therefore, we should concentrate on this crucial issue. Khalid Ilyas directed the immediate reporting of the refusal cases so timely steps could be taken in this regard.

He appealed the parents for extending full cooperation to polio teams and administer polio drops to their children below 5 years to saved from the life time disability.