rawalpindi - Deputy Commissioner Talat Mehmood Gondal has directed the officials of District Health Department to review their targets for eradicating the menace of polio from the district as per new consensus.

He also ordered for preparing a new plan to combat the obstacles the anti polio teams faced in field last year besides issuing fresh SOP in this regard. “The remaining children and those who were not present in the district during anti polio campaign should be the prime target for the anti polio teams this year,” DC said. The cases of refusal should also be resolved on emergency basis. In light of orders of Chief Secretary Punjab, all the departments are required to perform well to win the war against polio, he said while addressing a meeting here on Monday.

The meeting was also attended by Addl Commissioner (Finance and Planning) Rao Atif, Chief Executive Officer Health Dr M Suhail Chaudhry,  District Health Officer Dr Abdul Jabbar, Assistant Commissioner Kahuta Ansar Hayyat, AC Gujar Khan Mehreen Fahim Abbasi, AC Cannt Amber Gilani, AC Murree Arif Ullah Awan, Director Social Welfare Aslam Matla and many others senior and junior officers of health and other departments concerned. Addressing the meeting, DC Talat said the results of environmental samples taken by teams during November and December 2017 are negative whereas the results of samples taken in January 2018 are awaited.

He said the department will organize special training programs for anti polio teams besides ensuring the participation of parents in different informative sessions of the polio campaign.

CEO Health Dr M Suhail briefed the meeting that the health department covered 1362 cases out of 1624 refusal cases. He said the department has set a target to administer polio drops to a total of 8,40,000 children of less than five years during the campaign to be held from February 12 to 16, 2018. He said a total of 221 UCMOs while 496 area in-charges have also been appointed.

A total of 2730 anti polio teams have been constituted for administering anti polio drops to children in the district. Similarly, 2333 mobile anti polio teams would operate at 287 fixed and 119 transit points, he said. He said the senior officers of health department would monitor the performance of anti polio teams, CEO Health Dr M Suhail told the meeting.