SUKKUR, December 07: Sindh Vaccinators Convention was organized in Sukkur today to honour the work of frontline workers of polio in Sindh, as well as for motivating them and appreciating their work.
The Convention was held in the IBA Auditorium, Sukkur, and Ms. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was the chief guest of the occasion. She was also joined by Ms. Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari. Secretary Health Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, Chairperson Provincial Monitoring and Oversight Committee, Sindh and Chairperson Emergency Operation Centre for Polio, Sindh, MNA Azra Pechuho, Coordinator EOC Sindh Dr. Muhammad Usman Chachar, Chairman National Polio Plus Committee and Representative Rotary Aziz Memon, Commissioner Sukkur, Commissioner Larkana and Director IBA were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the Convention, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said that this event has given us an opportunity to appreciate the work of frontline workers in our fight against polio. “I see a lot of talent in this room and I am sure the day is not far, when no child will have to suffer from disability because of a vaccine preventable disease.”
“For me, there can be no occasion more significant than this, where people who go out in the field, who tirelessly go and vaccinate door to door are present… it is these people who contribute towards saving our children from the scourge of polio and towards giving them a better, brighter future. Pakistan has come a long way in polio eradication from more than 300 cases last year to 49 this year,” she said and stressed that every parent must give their children two drops of the polio vaccine to make Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s dream of a polio free Pakistan a reality.
On this occasion Secretary Health Sindh Dr. Saeed Mangnejo appreciated the fact that even in face of adversities,frontline workers continued to work with fervour and enthusiasm. He said that many of them had also lost their lives and limbs in the line of duty, but remained undeterred in performing their national duty. He further stated that today is a special day as we are gathered here to appreciate the work of frontline workers, with the hope that these certificates and this recognition will further motivate them to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
Coordinator EOC Sindh Dr. Muhammad Usman Chachar said that since the establishment of the Sindh Emergency Operation Centre for Polio, coordination of all stakeholders involved in polio eradication has improved considerably, and we hope the day is not far that we see Pakistan as polio-free.
Mr. Aziz Memon from Rotary Pakistan apprised the Convention about the contributions the Rotary International has made in polio eradication across the globe and emphasized that the frontline workers must continue their hard work to reach zero number of cases in Pakistan.
Madam Azra Fazal Pechuho, Chairperson EOC Sindh gave a special tribute to the lady health workers present there as well as frontline workers. She said that whether it’s hot or cold, dry or raining, they keep working and words cannot do justice to appreciate their praiseworthy efforts. She also thanked IBA and Commissioner Sukkur for hosting this event. She gave the message to frontline workers that “Think of this as your duty and help us eradicate polio from Pakistan.”
At the end of the event, Ms. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari distributed Certificates of Appreciation to the frontline workers for polio from Sukkur and Larkana Division as an acknowledgement of their tremendous efforts.