Pakistan PolioPlus initiates Tree Planting campaign at Water Filtration sites.
DG Ovais Kohari and National Chair Aziz Memon inaugurate Tree Plantation at Tora Bora, Madina Colony, Malir Karachi on 3rd August 2017.
A Divisional Task Force Meeting was held in Hyderabad on 11 February 2017 at Commissioner Office Hyderabad. The meeting was chaired by Kazi Shahid Pervaiz, Commissioner Hyderabad. The meeting attended by Deputy Commissioners and District Health Officers of Hyderabad division, representatives of WHO, N-STOP, UNCEF. PP Masood Bhalli Zonal Coordinator Sindh, PP Dr. Pardeep Herchandani represented the Rotary International.
The Chair welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of polio eradication He appreciated the efforts made by all district level officers to eradicate polio from their districts. However he showed his reservations on administrative gaps during the last campaign.
A brief Review of January campaign 2017 was given by Dr. Santosh Kumar WHO. He showed UC wise performance and highlighted the gaps. The performance at Hyderabad and Dadu districts was significantly improved. It was informed that refusal clusters in Hyderabad have been covered and the same strategy will be used to cover refusals from other districts.
PP Masood Bhalli said, there is a need to improve finger marking and quality of LQAs. He also said the number of “Not Reach Team’ needs to be improved. He added, we have to reduce our challenges and move forward with full zeal.
The issues of cold chain came under discussion. The Chair informed that the Rotary is providing 10 Solar Refrigerators and 03 Deep Freezers to Sujawal District for improving cold chain in the district.
The Chair stressed on micro plans updating and capacity development of Area Incharges, strengthen routine immunization and survillence. The Chair concluded his remarks by stressing “ No report for No team”.
The meeting ended with vote of thanks to all participants.
Karachi Commissioner Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Chaired the Karachi Task Force meeting on 9th February 2017 at the Commissioner House. The meeting was to review the January 2017 NIDs and impending IPV campaign starting in February. I and DGE Ovais Ahmed Kohari represented Rotary.
The commissioner said, he was congratulated in Islamabad regarding exemplary improvement in the last campaign, which he in turn ascribed to team work. During discussions, the Chair raised several points regarding gaps in non performing UCs. Presentations provided a list of poor performing UCs which has been recently compiled by EOC.
A new parameter of recording ‘Guest Children’ has been introduced which numbers were provided. The Chair said,that good workers should be compensated with payments ranging from Rs 2000 to 5000 in a two member team. His concluding remarks included more attention to the missing children which totaled to almost 30,000 in Karachi.
I pointed out to Chair that in these crucial times in the presentations, more focus is required on gaps. I also referred to exceptionally unhygienic conditions in and around Rotary Resource Center in Machar Colony Resource Centres which were used as training centres.
The meeting was attended by all Karachi DCs, Polio Partners, EOC Coordinator and EPI.
PP Masood Ahmed Bhalli
Chief Zonal Coordinator, Sindh