A meeting was held with EOC Khyberpakhtunkhawa at Peshawar today ie; 12 February 2016. Akbar Khan EOC Coordinator welcomed the Rotary delegation comprised of National Chair Aziz Memon, CDG Rauf Rohaila and Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC. The meeting was attended by Dr. Imtiiaz Shah, BMGF, UNICEF and WHO representatives and the team of EOC KPK.
Akber Khan gave brief presentation of their efforts in the province especially for HR UCs. He said for more intensified coverage, Peshawar city and the areas at boundaries with Khyber agency (FATA)
A teams of ComNet and EOC officials have been formed for close interventions and wider coverage to leave no gaps. He added, Deputy Commissioners are vigilant and supporting actively in all polio eradication activities. The security conditions improved, however 50 UCs pf Peshawar need more security during NIDs/SNIDs.
National Chair Aziz Memon gave brief introduction of Rotarians in the world and their voluntarily working and contribution in terms of time and money for the cause of polio eradication. He extended his full support to EOC to accomplish targets. He gave example of Anganwari in India and their working. He said the same cadre exist in Pakistan with the name of Lady Health Workers (LHWs). We have to utilize the cadre effectively.
Dr Imtiaz Shah said the cadre is also working in KPK and we are utilizing their services but need more LHWs to cover entire population, for this PC 1 has been approved by the Government.
National Chair Aziz Memon gave example of LHWs who are using cellphone technology for transferring data on server for utilization to plan future mode of actions.
Asher Ali explained the working of LHWs using cell phone for collecting data in Nowshera district. He said there are 100 LHWs are providing details of mother and neonatal health care, zero dosage, refusal and missed children information to main server which is accessible for District Polio control room (DPCR) to cover missed children and refusals during up coming SNID.
He added a Cellphone e monitoring was given to Community Midwives (CMWs) last month, a followup training for these CMWs has been planned in Peshawar during first week of March 2016. Dr Imtiaz said more LHWs may involve in the cellphone project. CDG Rauf Rohaila replied we do extend our project in the light of its success in Peshawar.
Akber Khan appreciated the support of Rotary and requested National Chair to provide them umbrellas for polio workers and support in holding Health Camps.
CDG Rauf Rohaila said Rotary may conduct Health Camps with the assistance of EOC KPK.
The meeting ended with thanks by Akbar Khan EOC Coordinator KPK.
Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee