KARACHI - Following the attacks on poor anti-polio teams, the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Employees Association Sindh chapter raised 16 demands the government to ensure security and welfare of officials.
Talking to the media at Karachi Press Club, Association Sindh chief Khairun Nisa Memon demanded up to Rs1,000 per day honorarium for anti polio workers.
Flanked by Vice President Farzana Baloch, Pakistan Medical Association’s Mirza Ali Azhar and Al-Hajj Noor Muhammad, Ms Memon said that the officials would get back to anti-polio drive after foolproof security cover.
“Karachi has become sensitive area for polio vaccination teams, so the government must guaranteed security before resuming the campaign,” she said.
She went on: “More than 30 polio workers have been assassinated in the line of duty across the country for the past 18 month – seven were murdered in Sindh while the government has been doing nothing. Issue condemnation statement isn’t enough.”
She also demanded transparent use of foreign funds allocated for the anti-polio campaign in the country.
Other demands include, compensation to bereaved families of deceased polio workers, assistance to injured, regularisation jobs of lady health workers, foolproof security clearance certificate from area SHO before initiating -polio vaccination, pick-and-drop service for lady health workers, release of five-month salaries and deployment of Rangers in high-risk areas in Karachi during the anti-polio campaign.
About the announcement of resuming vaccination drive by a group of the association after meeting with the Sindh health secretary, Ms Memon reiterated the resolve to stand firm over security.
The association will meet the secretary after talking all the stakeholders onboard
Speaking on the occasion, Farzana Baloch stressed the need for raising awareness about ant-polio campaign to get over the problem of misconception among people.
PMA’s Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said the crippling disease was about to eliminate in 2005, but mismanagement and lack of awareness cold make success anti-polio campaign.
He said also offered full support for polio workers from PMA. He strongly condemned assassination of vaccinators during polio campaign in Karachi city.