KARACHI (Oct 24) : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has given ownership to the anti-polio drive with the commitment to eradicate this crippling disease from the province of Sindh.
This he said while talking to media just after launching a four-day anti-polio campaign by administering polio drops to children at Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi, a fishermen village located on the outskirt of the city. The chief minister was accompanied by Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mendhro and Shahnaz Wazir Ali.
He said that he was committed to eradicate polio from the province. “I have given ownership to the campaign that’s why I have come here to launch the drive,” he said and added that there is a target of 8.3 million children of under five, including 2.2 million in Karachi to be administered polio drops.
Syed Murad Ali Shah deplored that this year 15 polio cases have been reported in the country, of them five are in Sindh. Giving details of the polio cases reported in the province, he said one from Karachi, one from Jacobabad, one from Sujawal and two from Shikarpur. But “we are committed to control them in the first phase and eradicate it in the second phase by launching extensive campaigns and taking necessary measures. He also urged the parents to give polio drops to their children.
Replying to a question he brushed aside the impression of using expired polio vaccines. “I am not a doctor but know very well that when a polio vaccine expires its colour changes and for the purpose lady health workers (LHWs) have been given necessary training,” he said and assured the people of Sindh that their children were being given fresh anti-polio drops.
Replying to another question, the chief minister said that the Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) was being formed. “Yesterday evening (on Sunday) I have received a PFC file to approve it and I am personally working to constitute it so that necessary funds can be released to local bodies, however the provincial government has provided them enough funds” he said and added that the issue of local councils particularly the union councils and district councils have the issue of bank accounts. Once they opened their accounts the problem of transferring funds to them would be solved.
He also said that the chairmen of the educational boards would be appointed through search committees.
He expressed his serious displeasure that heroin and narcotics was openly sold in Ibrahim Hyderi, Rerhi and Lath Basti. “I would not allow such of kind of illegal trade of narcotics, gutka, manpuri and such others and they have been banned,” he said and directed the SSP present there to take necessary action and stop the racket.
The chief minister said that 84 doctors were posted in the Ibrahim Hyderi hospital. “I would not tolerate if any doctor or para medic do not bother to turn up on duty,” he said and directed the elected representatives from the area to keep an eye on the presence of the doctors in the hospital.
Replying to a question, he said that everyone has the right to stage protest but nobody has the right to take law in his hands. “Peoples party believes in democratic norms and respect them,” he said.
Earlier when chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reached Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi he was received by party workers and leaders amid the slogans of jeay Bhutto. They showered rose petals on him and wore him ajraks and sindhi caps. He visited all the wards of the hospitals and medical store.