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 August 31, 2017



WHO representative divulges the blunders of Health department Chitral in DPEC meeting

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: In the district polio eradication committee (DPEC) meeting held here on Wednesday, the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Chitral divulged some of the blunders of health department in carrying out the national immunization days (NIDs) for the eradication of polio which included the startling news that two areas of Yarkhoon valley were completely left unattended in the anti-polio campaign held in July last.

Chaired by deputy commissioner Chitral, Shahab Hamid Yousufzai, the meeting was attended by district police chief Syed Ali Akbar Shah, district health officer Dr. Israrullah, district coordinator Dr. Irshad Ahmed, WHO representative Dr. Nasir, additional DC Minhasud Din and others.

The WHO representative Dr. Nasir brought to forth some of the faults found in the administration of anti-polio program in the district level and baffled the health officers with his questions which proved the maladministration plaguing the efforts of polio eradication.

The officers of health department admitted the fact that no campaigns of NIDs were carried out in the areas of Yarkhoon valley in July last and that no special campaign was arranged to make up the deficiency.

He also pointed out that out of twenty four union council monitoring officers (UCMOs), only five had turned up for the DPEC meeting which is held before every NIDs campaign and it depicted their lack of interest and maladministration.

He said that district polio monitoring Teams (DPMTs) were yet to be functionalized which were eight in number represented by the departments of health, district administration and police while pre-campaigns monitoring teams were missing.

The WHO representative was also brisk to have noted down the fact that the officials concerned with polio eradication program in Chitral had claimed Rs.56 thousand as travelling bill while it was not less than Rs.100 thousand in any other target district in the province which depicted the fact that they had travelled less during the last campaign for effective management.

The micro-plan for the NIDs campaign was also discussed which was full of errors in the past and did not carry the names and the particulars of officials assigned with duty in different union councils and it was given a deadline of 11th September as the deadline for reshaping the plan and communicate it to the concerned officers including that of police.

It was said that micro-plan was a basic and vital document for the NIDs campaign which carried minute details of its field management and covered all the facets including security to the polio teams and it should be free from all flaws and should be revised for each campaign.

The district police officer dispelled the claim of the health department regarding security compromise in six different union
councils and said that he had never been approached by the department regarding the issue and emphatically said that he had been giving security cover strictly as per demand and there were no any no-go areas for the anti-polio campaign anywhere in the district.

No district head of any government department other than the heath and police attended the DPEC meeting who were members of the committee by virtue of their office and the heads of Aga Khan Development Network were also absent while DC said that the absent officers will be made accountable.

Regarding the preliminary preparations, the district coordinator Dr. Irshad Ahmed said that seventy two thousand children of target age will be covered during the campaign for which 342 mobile polio teams were being constituted.

Talking on the occasion, Dr. Irshad Ahmed said that for the surveillance purpose of the campaign in all the 24 union councils of the district, 97 area inspectors will be deployed who will be overseen by 24 numbers of UCMOs.

He said that nine numbers of transit points have been established to facilitate those who were traveling to and from the district with their children by road or by air.



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