Hyderabad Divisional Task Force Meeting

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 Task Force Meeting – 9th February 2017

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.

Report by:

PP Masood Ahmed Bhalli

Chief Zonal Coordinator, Sindh

Sukkur Divisional Task Force Meeting at Sukkur 27 January 2017

ing. Following were key action taken;

  • All District Managers PPHI were present in the meeting as per decision of the last meeting. PPHI Khairpur was requested to improve coverage and reporting.
  • HRMP has improved district cross border coverage.
  • Children data collected during house hold clusters and log books are properly maintain by area teams.
  • Annual Calendar of Festival prepared to cover more children
  • Only 21 missed children reported after January NID.


The chair showed her reservation regarding more than 100% coverage. She emphasized to update micro plans and reach to difficult areas of Nara for prompt coverage in Khairpur district.


The chair appreciated the status of LQAs in all three districts of the division. The reported market surveys ICM from Nov 16 to Jan 17 were discussed. The Chair pointed out gaps and instructed to improve in upcoming campaigns.


All private practitioners will be involved in ensuring polio vaccination said by the Chair.


As per Trend of Recorded, Covered, Still missed children only 2% are still missed children in the division. It was informed that these missed children are those who migrated to other cities. However tracking of these children is in process and they are registered in the log book.


Fayaz Jatoi EOC Coordinator said the polio status in northern Sindh has improved significantly, however there is need to sustain progress and focus on southern Sindh to improve overall situation. He said migration during low transmission season is high and we have to put efforts to cover migratory population coming from up country especially from Balochistan.


Dr. Shareefa Akter spoke on Surveillance and monitoring. She said N STOP officer should be deputed for Sukkur on immediate basis.


This is last year for IPV, therefore micro plans for IPV campaign should be developed and to utilize this opportunity for complete wipe off virus in the areas.


The meeting ended with vote of thanks to all participants.

Larkana Divisional Task Force Meeting 27 January 2017

A Larkana Divisional Task Force Meeting was held at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Sukkur yesterday ie; January27, 2017. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Azra Pechehu, Chairperson Oversight Committee and facilitated by Muhammad Abbas Baloch, Commissioner Sukkur who is holding additional charge of Commissioner Larkana. The meeting attended by Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali Coordinator Oversight Committee, Dr. Fayyaz Jatoi, EOC Coordinator, Deputy Commissioners and District Health Officers of Sukkur division, Dr. Shareefa Akter TL WHO, Dr. Altaf Bosan BMGF, representatives of N-STOP, UNCEF, PP Masood Ahmed Bhalli, PP Aftab Ahmed and Asher Ali Project Manager from Rotary International.


Muhammad Abbas Baloch, Commissioner Sukkur/Larkana welcomed the participants. Dr. Azra Pechehu said northern Sindh is more challenging. The division has five districts located at boundary of Punjab and Balochistan provinces. Therefore more vigilance is required.


The meeting started with the review of actions of the last meeting. Following were key action taken;

  • DEPEC and UPEC were carried out on time
  • HRMP micro plans are updated for cross border coverage.
  • Log books are maintained


The chair showed her reservation regarding coverage of mobile population. As far as still missed children are concerned that must be cover during subsequent campaigns.


The chair appreciated the status of LQAs in all five districts of the division. The Chair pointed out gaps and instructed to improve in upcoming campaigns. She said Still Missed children are big threat.


She again requested to involve private practitioners in polio vaccination.


The overall coverage of Kamber and Kashmore districts need to improve. The DHOs were instructed to improve quality of their polio teams and their training. It was informed that availability of polio workers is a problem.


PP Masood Ahmed said the polio status in northern Sindh has improved significantly; however quick advancement is essential to withstand progress by strengthening routine immunization. He added to increase surveillance to sustain polio free districts.


Huma Arif UNICEF said IPV is much importantly and it should be utilized wisely to cover risky population.


The Commissioner thanked to all Deputy Commissioners and polio partners to attend the meeting. He said active participation of all participants showed that we are all committed and will kickoff this disease from our country.



EPI Partners Meeting on Thursday 26th January, 2017

An EPI Partners meeting was held at EPI Conference room on 26, January 2017. The objective of the meeting was;

  • Status and achievements in EPI service delivery
  • Data Management gaps (vLMIS)
  • Partner support for surveillance
  • Future Plant Support & Coordination

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Agha Ashfaq, Manager EPI Sindh. The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary Health, Fayyaz Jatoi EOC Coordinator, and representatives of USAID, TVI, RSPN, Gates Foundation, GAVI and other technical personnel.PP Masood Bhalli represented Rotary International.

Dr. Aga Asfaq welcomed all participants and presented a brief of current immunization status in Sindh. He said during the year 2016 we made tremendous achievements to cover more children. The significant success is approval of PC-1.


The technical partners from GAVI, USAID and vLMIS gave their short presentations. It was informed that micro plans have been computerized at UC level. District validation has been completed, Provincial Vaccine Management Committee conducting quarterly meeting on regular basis.


The chair pointed out shortage of cold chain equipment. He thanked Rotary for arranging 19 ILRs for EPI Sindh and providing 15,000Vaccine Carriers.

The Chair elaborated require support from partners in following areas;

  • Human Resources
  • Service delivery
  • Surveillance, Monitoring & Reporting, Cold Chain,
  • Communication
  • Data Management

To query from PP Masood Bhalli, Dr Agha Ashfaq stated that annually 10% increase in coverage is contemplated and it is a five year plan. PP Masood Bhalli showed his reservation on 42% RI coverage and suggested faster coverage.


The Additional secretary also pointed out this low performance and said that there is immense need to improve routine immunization in the province.

The meeting ended with commitment of all partners for their support. The chair thanked all participants for their participation.