CM orders polio vaccination on ‘war footing’

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed officials concerned to vigorously pursue the ongoing anti-polio campaign throughout the province and that vaccination of every child be ensured in all circumstances. Stressing that the vaccination be carried out on ‘a war footing’, the chief minister also warned officials concerned that no negligence or dereliction would be tolerated in this regard.
According to a handout, the chief minister said this while presiding over a high-level meeting to review progress on anti-polio campaign on Tuesday. Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Health Parliamentary Secretary Khawaja Imran Nazir, chief secretary, health secretary and other senior officers attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that eradication of the fatal disease was imperative for us to safeguard the future of the nation. He said that besides administrative machinery, elected representative should also take an active part in the campaign. He directed that arrangements be made at airports, railways stations and bus stands for administering vaccine drops. Noting that federal and provincial governments would have to work jointly to make Pakistan a polio-free country, the chief minister said that the Punjab government was utilising all available resources to ensure a safe future of children. 
The chief minister issued instructions for making effective arrangements for administering vaccination at all entry and exit points of the province and said that district coordination officers should take necessary measures in order to make the anti-polio drive a success. He directed that special attention be paid to eradication of polio from slums or temporary dwellings of nomadic families. 
The chief minister expressed indignation over detection of positive environmental samples in the city of Lahore and said that curbing the root causes of poliovirus was also essential along with vaccination for its prevention.
100,000 more laptops to be distributed in 2014:  Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that education sector reforms programme is going on successfully and that revolutionary programmes initiated by the Punjab government for empowerment of youths have yielded extremely positive and highly encouraging results. According to a handout, the chief minister said this while presiding over a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review various programmes of the Education Department. 
Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Higher Education Parliamentary Secretary Mehwish Sultana, the Chief Minister’s Inspection Team chairman, secretaries of schools education and information departments, educationist Dr Zafar Qureshi and other officers concerned attended the meeting. Education Secretary Abdullah Sumbal gave a briefing on various programmes of the department. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the Punjab government had distributed over 200,000 laptops worth Rs 10 billion among talented students purely on merit during its last tenure while 100,000 more laptops would be given to brilliant students on merit and in a completely transparent manner in 2014 too.

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