The decision was taken at a meeting of Bajaur Paramedical Association held here with BPA Chairman Ghulam Hazrat in the chair. Office bearers of the association and senior staff of the local health department participated the meeting.
The participants of the meeting showed their grave concern over the alleged maltreatment of WHO officials with their the paramedical staff and decided that the paramedics will not take part in the polio drive in the agency starting from today.
“We strongly condemned the misbehaviour and mishandling by the WHO representatives and our boycott of the polio activities would continue if they were not transferred from the agency,” Ghulam Hazrat, Chairman of Bajaur Paramedical Staff Association, told the media.
He said that the paramedical staff was the back bone of all kind of health services and especially in anti-polio vaccination in the agency who always performed their job with commitment, adding that the misbehaviour and mishandling of the WHO officials has badly disappointed the workers. “We are not ready in any way to take part in the upcoming anti-polio activities in the agency under the command of Dr Shaukat and Dr Sher Khan, the officials of WHO,” he added.
He said that the local administration, health department and the World Health Organization would be responsible for the boycott of the paramedical staff as they couldn’t take notice of the issue. “We have already informed the local administration, health department and the WHO about the misbehaviour of WHO officials,” he said.
Local health officials in Bajaur Agency have shown their concern over the decision of boycott by paramedics. “The decision of boycott is a serious matter for us as the health deportment can’t run the drive without the support of paramedical workers,” an official of the health department said.