Published On: Fri, Feb 12th, 2016
Published in Category: Peshawar

Provincial govt. fully committed to eradicate polio, says Pervez Khattak

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Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that provincial government was fully committed to eradicate polio from province and all available resources were being utilized for the purpose.

He added that with close coordination of polio partners 70% decline in polio cases was achieved in 2015 as compare to 2014.

He stated this while addressing a ceremony held here on Thursday to pay tribute to the EPI Coordinator Swabi Late Dr. Yaqoob Khan who was gun down on November 30, 2015 due to his extra ordinary services for eradication of polio.

Provincial Minister for Health Sharam Khan Tarakai, Secretary Health, National Chair Rotary National Aziz Memon, representatives of UNICEF, World Health organization attended the ceremony.

Addressing the Ceremony the Chief Minister said that Dr. Yaqoob Khan was a brilliant, devoted and committed officer. His brutal killing, he said not only shocked his family but also snatched a man so committed to kick out polio.

He also appreciated the role played by rotary, CDC, WHO, UNICEF and other partners in polio eradication and said due to close coordination and collaboration polio cases had remarkably controlled in 2015.

He also expressed his satisfaction over the performance of polio workers and said “we have well committed team including EPI, volunteers working under the leadership of chairman PTI Imran Khan to root out the polio from province”.

He reiterated the commitment of government to eliminate polio from the society to make the province free of polio. Representatives of rotary international and WHO also addressed the ceremony. They expressed their satisfaction over the assistance provided by the provincial government to eradicate polio. They also declared to start master degree scholarship program to pay tribute the heroes of polio campaign. On this occasion a cheque of Rs.200000 on behalf of rotary international was handed over to the son of the late Dr. Yaqoob Khan.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);