Lahore:Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that elected representatives have deep relations with their voters and they should play active role in their respective constituency to eradicate polio and remove the reservations of the parents refusing to administer polio vaccine to their children.
He was addressing a seminar regarding role of parliamentarians in eradication of polio, at a local hotel, her today. Parliamentary Secretary on Health Dr. Saeed Elahi, Dr. Samia Amjad MPA, Dr. Zamurd Yasmeen MPA, Director General Health Punjab Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, representatives of World Health Organization, UNISEF and Rotary Club Pakistan also addressed on the occasion.
Khawaja Salman Rafique said that on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister, effective monitoring system of polio campaign has been evolved under the supervision of DCO at district level. He said that in order to solve problems of social and health sector, we need to work irrespective of political affiliations as the people need workers for their service and not leaders. He lauded the services of Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali for eradication of polio at federal level. He said that media is playing an effective role to create awareness against diseases.
Dr. Zamurd Yasmin MPA said that if there is a single case of polio anywhere in Pakistan, all the children of the country will be in danger. Dr. Samia Amjad MPA stressed upon collecting correct statistics by removing errors from Health Management Information System. Dr. Saeed Elahi stressed upon the elected representatives to make polio vaccination campaign a success in their respective constituencies. He said that political workers, media and religious personalities bring revolutionary change in the society through their effective role. Director General Health, Dr. Nisar Cheema said that there are only three countries including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan where polio disease exists and India has also become a polio free country. Representative of Rotary Club, Richard Anthony said that the whole world is watching us and if this disease is not eradicated from our country, the same could be spread throughout the world. The seminar was also addressed by representatives of various organizations and associations who presented their proposals for eradication of polio.