Aziz Memon, National Chair Pakistan PolioPlus Committee, Rotary International inaugurated the Permanent Transit Post (PTP), at Friendship Gate at the Pak-Afghan border, Chaman, Balochistan, on 20th July, 2016, along with Deputy Commissioner Killa Abdullah- Chaman Khuda Dad Khan. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Abidi Nasir TL WHO, Dr. Rasheed Nasr District Health Officer (DHO), Assistant Commissioner Chaman Hafeez Qasim and PP Dr. Hanif Khilji.
With IPPC Chair Mike McGovern and Judith Diment Rotary’s Representative to the Commonwealth.
Rotary delegation comprised of Michael K. McGovern, Chair International Polio Plus Committee and Foundation Vice Chair, Aziz Memon, National Chair Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, Judith Diment, Member of Rotary International Polio Plus committee, and Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC called on Member National Assembly Dr. Azra Pechuho, Chairperson Coordination Committee on Vertical Projects, Health Department Sindh today ie; 27 June 2016 12.00 noon at her office Karachi.
Dr. Azra Pechuho welcomed the delegation and National Chair Aziz Memon introduced the participants. Dr. Azra Pechehu gave a brief about the polio situation in Sindh. She said though the challenges are still persisting in Karachi and Northern Sindh but the situation is improving with the better monitoring and surveillance. She said, more focus is being given to Northern Sindh where two cases were reported from Shikarpur district during the current year. She added that Ottaq system is a bug hindering to cover all children in the vicinity and efforts are being made to eliminate Ottaq system and cover children through door to door campaign. The Commissioner Larkana will also be replaced by some other committed officer soon.
As far as situation of high risk areas of Karachi is concerned, she said due to more vigilance and improved security conditions, the situation has been improved in all high risk areas and these areas are accessible. The number of missed children and refusals are reducing and are now manageable.
She said a group of medical practitioners of Sindh in America (Sindh American Physician Association) are also willing to work in Sindh. Dr. Khalil Memon is president and based in Chicago. She will provide contact details of Dr. Khalil Memon and National Chair will contact him for future collaboration.
National Chair Aziz Memon informed that a Rotary Task Force has been established and will be in close contact with the Commissioner Karachi for providing all kinds of support. He also assured his full cooperation and said he is always available for providing support for this noble cause.
At the end Dr. Azra Pechuho assure that we will complete Rotary mission to eradicate polio from the country.
Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee
On 26th June 2016, Rotary International delegates; Chair, International PolioPlus Committee Michael K. McGovern and Director, PolioPlus Carol Pandak accompanied Pakistan’s National Chair Aziz Memon and Zonal Coordinator Sindh PP Masood Bhalli to Bilawal House in Karachi, to meet with the Polio Ambassador Aseefa Bhutto Zardari.
Present on the ocassion, were Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Coordinator Oversight Committee, Director, EPI Dr. Ashfaq Agha and Health Secretary. Ms.Bhutto Zardari pledged her full commitment to a polio free Pakistan in 2016, and said we will celebrate once Pakistan is polio free.
She tweeted “I believe in Rotary and Pakistan’s strong partnership to eradicate polio. I know we can succeed when we join for a polio free world”. She also tweeted “I’ve said this time and time again. A healthier Pakistan is not in the best interest of a single political party, but the whole country.”
Rotary delegation comprised of Michael K. McGovern, Chair International Polio Plus Committee and Foundation Vice Chair, Aziz Memon, National Chair Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, Carol Pandak, Director Rotary International, Judith Diment, Member of Rotary International Polio Plus committee, PP Masood Bhalli, DGN Ovais Kohari, and Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC called on Commissioner Karachi Ejaz Ahmed Khan today ie; 27 June 2016 9.00 am at Commissioner Office Karachi.
The Commissioner welcomed the delegation and National Chair Aziz Memon introduced the delegation. He said that we are lucky to have a commissioner having Pashtun background and having the understanding with the Pashtun culture. He said the Commissioner has experience of working in polio since 1995 in areas of Khyberpakhtunkhawa. He further added that the Chief Secretary Sindh has also delegated all administrative powers to the Commissioner for better management of polio eradication initiatives in Karachi.
Michael K. McGovern appreciated the role of Karachi Task Force working under the flagman ship of Commissioner Karachi. He emphasized on improved security to polio workers enhanced the coverage of children in super high risk areas of Karachi. He briefed the role of Rotary at global and local level.
National Chair Aziz Memon informed the role of Rotary specifically in Sindh. He gave a small brief about Artificial Limb Center running by Rotary Club of Karachi. He said the Limb Center has provided 300 artificial limbs free of cost. He requested the Commissioner to post highly committed and best Deputy Commissioners to all districts of Karachi. The Commissioner assured that all Deputy Commissioners are performing well. He said additional 48 Union Councils have been added for intensified working in Karachi.
PP Masood Bhalli requested the Commissioner for cleaning of Sanitation Channel (Nalla) in Machar Colony. The Commissioner assured that in preparation of Monsoon campaign we will make all arrangements to clean that channel causing spreading of viruses in the area.
The meeting ended with the vote of thanks by the Commissioner Karachi.
Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee