ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal said on Tuesday that eradication of polio is a national duty and the CDA will perform this duty as a sanctified cause.
Chairing a high level meeting for upcoming polio eradication campaign on Tuesday Afzal said that the CDA will run its anti-polio campaign from February 24 to 27 with full enthusiasm and in a systematic manner, under a result-oriented strategy. He said that the CDA has devised an all-inclusive and multi-pronged plan of action to thwart the threat of polio.
He informed the newsmen that the civic body has recently concluded successful anti-polio campaigns with 99% target reach and is utilising all methods and means at its disposal to completely finish the polio menace in Islamabad. “CDA is sensitive and vigilant to the causes of spread of poliovirus as well. That is why the authority is working on plans for solid waste management and replacement of worn out water supply and sewerage pipes to check water contamination.” The CDA chairman said this multi-pronged and all-inclusive strategy will help permanently abolish the threat of polio from the capital.
The meeting was attended by CDA Member Administration Amir Ahmed Ali, Environment DDG, representatives of WHO, UNICEF, USAID, UNHCR, UN-Habitat, Shifa Hospital, Plan Pakistan, Rotary International, ITP, PEIRA, media persons, health and education departments’ officials. Senior officials of the CDA were also present in the meeting. Afzal appealed to the governmental and non-governmental departments, international and non-government organisations to further strengthen their cooperation with the CDA for this purpose.
“Polio eradication is not only our duty but a sacred cause also. Let us join hands to combat menace of polio,” the CDA chairman said while chairing the meeting. Appreciating the performance of director health services (DHS) during previous anti-polio campaign, he directed the DHS to further enhance and improve its capabilities and target reach to secure 100% results. The chairman assured whole-hearted support from all formations of the authority with all available resources to make the campaign a success.
Afzal directed the authorities concerned to pay special attention to high-risk areas like slums to do away with any risk of poliovirus outbreak. He also asked the officials concerned of the civic body to pay particular attention to people from other cities travelling to Islamabad to ensure hundred percent coverage during the campaign. The CDA chairman directed the authority to utilise all its energies to achieve hundred percent coverage this time.
The director health services also briefed the meeting about operational activities during the upcoming National Immunisation Day (NID). He informed the meeting that the polio campaign would be conducted in 16 zones with the support of 88 area in-charges. Around 402 mobile teams, 52 transit teams and 107 fixed teams will be operational during the campaign, which will continue for four days.
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