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