PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Wednesday formally kicked off an anti-polio campaign by administering anti polio drops to a child here at Chief Minister House Peshawar.
During the campaign, a total of 4.56 million children will be administered anti-polio drops in 21 highly sensitive districts of province.
KP Minister for Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Secretary Health Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah, D.G Health Services Dr. Niaz Muahammad, Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre Abdul Basit, representative of W.H.O and other relevant officials were present on the occasion.
The chief minister said that the government had decided to resume anti-polio campaigns, after four months of discontinuation due to COVID-19, under specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The chief minister stated that eradication of polio from the province was on the top of government agenda and concrete step were being taken in this regard adding that all available resources would be utilized to prevent upcoming generations from physical disability.
It was told that, some 19087 teams of trained polio workers had been constituted which included 17859 mobile teams and 1237 fixed teams to participate in anti polio drive for August.
For improving the quality of polio campaigns and to overcome logistics and operational challenges 4909 area incharge have been posted.
Moreover, polio teams have been provided with all necessary items including hand sanitizers and surgical face masks to minimize the threats of Corona spread during the drive.
Similarly, Team supervisors have been provided with thermal guns and other equipment to check the temperature of team members to ensure their health safety.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan hoped that the campaign would prove successful with the cooperation of the media and local community.
The chief minister while paying tribute to organizations involved in eradication of polio has said that polio workers and other front liners are our heroes who are working in eradicating polio despite challenges.
KPRA shares annual revenue collection data
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) has boosted annual revenue collection during the last financial year by 65%.
It was revealed in a meeting of KPRA held here on Wednesday to review its overall performance with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair.
It was further revealed that during the financial year 2018-19, KPRA had made a revenue collection of Rs. 10.41 billion which has been increased to Rs. 17.20 billion during the last financial year.
The authority has set a target of Rs. 20 billion revenue collection during the current financial year, and hopefully it will make revenue collection more than the set target.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing about the overall performance of the authority during the last year, in its future goals, the proposed legal and administrative reforms of the authority, sectoral and geographical expansion of its functions, steps taken by the authority to extend maximum facilitation to the tax-payers and various other aspects.
The provincial minister Finance Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Secretary Finance Atif-ur-Rehman and Director General KPRA Fayaz Ali Shah and other relevant authorities attended the meeting.
While expressing his satisfaction on the overall performance of the authority, the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed the concerned authorities to expedite work to have a separate Act for KPRA in order to enable it function independently and to further improve its performance.
Mahmood Khan said that so far KPRA has been very successful in achieving the goal for which it had been established.
Later, he gave away commendation certificates to the incumbent and former Director Generals of KPRA for their outstanding performance.