LADY HEALTH WORKERS PROTEST SIT IN FOR CONFIRMAGTION CONTINUES IN 4TH DAY

ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD: The protest sit in of lady health workers of Tando Allahyar continued in 4th day Saturday led by Dr. Siddiqua Muzaffar leader LHW and Ashraf Noonari central leader of Sindh National Party. The protest camp was visited by MQM MNA Syed Waseem Hussain,N league district president Hanif Siddiqui, Sui Southern Gas company union Sindh vice president Saeen Bux Dino, human rights activist and civil society leader Punhal Saryo ,Mustafa Baloch, Shahnaz Sheedi of SAP-PK and others and expressed solidarity with the protesting LHW who spent last night on road in front of press club. They were demanding orders for confirmation in service. On this occasion addressing the gathering Ashraf Noonari said it was shame on part of rulers that the daughters of nation were passing nights on roads in protest for their rights which so called democratic government was denying to them. He said it was responsibility of officers to issue orders of regularization of service to LHW and made appeal to supreme court of Pakistan to take notice of non issuance of orders to LHW. He warned that if they were not given orders his party would gherao offices of concerned officers and also to launch protest movement across Sindh. Siddiqua and others said by not issuing them regularization orders on orders of SC was sheer violation of court contempt and atrocity with women workers. She made appeal to chief justice, governor, chief minister to take notice and impart them justice. Syed Waseem Hussain MNA said Mutehida will not tolerate inustice with LHW and would strive for their rights.

NOONARI JOINS LHW DHARNA: WARNS OF LOCKOUT OF PC OFFICE IF DEMANDS NOT MET
ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD: Lady Health Workers from Tadno Allahyar held Dharna in front of press club here on third day for demand of regularizing them in service accusing provincial coordinator Roshan Bhatti of and corruption.
Sindh National Party central leader Ashraf Noonari, Akhtar Sindhi and other workers of party joined Dharna of LHW Friday to express solidarity with them. On this occasion Ashraf Noonari condemned the attitude of provincial coordinator Roshan Bhatti for his refusal to obey order of higher judiciary in issuing orders for regularization of LHW. He warned if the orders to regularize remaining LHW were not issued his party would lock out the offices of provincial coordinator primary health care and family planning Sindh.He demanded that all lady workers in Sindh were issued orders by Sindh government in July 2012 to be regularized in their services
The leaders of LHW Siddiqua, Shama, Fatima, Neelofer and Bashiran were present and led the protest. They told media that in Tando Allahyar they were 500 lady health workers out of this number only 150 have been regularized so far that also on payment of bribe and others who cannot afford payment of bribe to Roshan Bhatti have been deprived of regularization which was their right. They demanded from chief minister to regularize them in service and to take action against the officers denying them right on basis of bribe which they cannot afford to pay them.

DC to ensure marking on doors and fingers of kids

Shakeel Khan
SUKKUR: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ghotki Muhammad Tahir Watto has issued directives to ensure marking on doors and fingers of kids vaccinated during anti-polio drives to minimise chances of missed children. Describing elimination of polio from Pakistan as top most priority of government, he said teams must avoid fabrications while preparing reports and insert real figures.
He was presiding over the meeting of District Polio Eradication Committee (DPEC) held in his office here on Friday, which were attended Assistant Commissioners (ACs), Health Officers (HOs) and other relevant officials.
The DC told that 3-days anti-polio drive will start from November 10 in district Ghotkil, for which all arrangements have been finalized. Appreciating cooperation and support of district police, DC mentioned their role to convince chronic refusals and getting their under five-year age children vaccinated by polio workers.
He urged the officers of the district health department to make all out efforts for eradication of polio from the District.

POLLING FOR SINDH BAR COUNCIL TODAY: KARACHI HAS MORE SEATS THAN WHOLE SINDH

OUR CORRESPONDENT
HYDERBAD: The polling for Sindh Bar Council for next 5 years term is being held today for 33 seats Karachi with 4 districts of East,West,South and Central has 16 while 23 other districts of whole Sindh have 17 seats. This an old arrangement with flaws still continue which reflects as if Karachi city has population equal to 23 other districts of Sindh. Another short coming in byelaws of SBC is that the candidates contesting from any district has to get majority of lawyer-votes of whole division that is so fatigable for candidates from any small district. For example one seat is allotted to Badin-Thatta and Sujawal districts and candidates contesting from this one seat have to do election work in whole Hyderabad division that is each candidate has to travel and visit lawyer bars in Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Hala, Mehr ,Kotri, Jamshoro, Dadu apart from Badin, Sujawal and Thatta. In such age old arrangement which has not been brought improvement since long any lawyer from big bar like Hyderabad with 1400 lawyer votes can easily win seat of any small district of the division on strength of Hyderabad votes depriving the small district of its own representation.
Apart from 16 seats from Karachi, Hyerabad division has 5 seats 3 from former Hyderabad district, one each from Dadu-Jamshoro and Badin-Thatta plus Sujawal districts,Sukkur division has 6 seats, Larkana 3 and Mirpurkhas division 3 seats.There are in all 11500 lawyers entitled to vote for 33 seats.

PAKISTAN HAS HIGHEST INFANT MORTALITY RATE IN THE WORLD BREAST FEEDING

Waheed Phulpoto
SHIKARPUR: Save the Children Pakistan Program in collaboration with / funded by the European Union – WINS (Women & children/Infants Improved Nutrition in Sindh) organized a four-day Capacity Building Workshop on the subject of “Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition-CMAM & Infant Young Child Feeding-IYCF”. The venue was Save the Children Training Hall.
The said Training was conducted by Save the Children Pakistan Program’s Senior Nutrition Coordinator Mr. Fazaldad Health System Strengthening Officer, Mr. Aizaz Ahmed, not to mention Health & Nutrition Officer Mr. Shahid Ali. Atleast 20 participants from Department of Health-DOH Staff including 10 Doctors and other Paramedical Staff also attended the training workshop.
The Objectives of training were to build the capacity of paramedical in order to reduce the Mortality and Morbidity ratio amongst the children of less than five years as well amongst the Pregnant and Lactating Women-PLW, ensuring sustainable integration of CMAM & IYCF services into the existing Health Structure within District Shikarpur, training Government and PPHI staff on CMAM and IYCF as they can be well skilled on the program and ownership of the program so that Save the Children can hand over the health and nutrition interventions to them with much confidence. Such is the only way that DOH & PPHI staff can be able to render their technical services for the betterment of Health & Nutritional services accordingly.
To check the capacity of the participants, Pre-Test was conducted before the start of training and Post test was also conducted at the wee hours of training as to identify how many participants learned from the training.
During the training, active participation was observed for the participants proactively took part in presentations and groups discussions / activities on the subject.
Speaking on the occasion, Senior Nutrition Coordinator Fazaldad said that Pakistan has highest infant mortality rate in the World Breast Feeding stands at a record low of 37.7 percent. While Shikarpur faces a Health and Nutritional emergency like situation where more than half of the Children are malnourished and are suffering from illness, nevertheless poor practices on IYCF and lack of vaccination cover put many lives of children in Danger.
To ensure the sustainability and easy access to the areas, Save the Children took 261 Lady Health Supervisors / Lady Health Workers and 265 Community Volunteers of the said areas onboard by paying monthly incentives for wide coverage while providing them proper capacity building trainings on CMAM & IYCF which surely will ensure the overall affectivity of the Project.
On the occasion, District Health Officer-DHO Muneer Jokhio did visit the training venue and lauded the services rendered by Save the Children Pakistan Program and ensured his full cooperation and Coordination in the larger interest of malnourished children and PLWs to reduce the mortality and morbidity ratio.
Health & Nutrition Officer Shahid Ali also expressed his views regarding the CMAM& IYCF and said that Pakistan has highest number of first day child deaths in the World and Sindh tops with 03 percent more infant mortality rate than the other provinces – Breast feeding has not increased even 01 percent in the last five years when malnutrition is affecting half of mothers and children amongst the Pakistani Population.
DHO also collect the feedback from the participants while questioning & counter-questioning to gauge their capacity that how much they gained and benefited from the training and appreciated the trainers for conducting such kind of training.
Lastly, DHO Muneer Jokhio paid the vote of thanks and distributed the training Certificates among the Participation and hoped that they will continue with the practices in their respective fields and will discharge their duties with professional responsibility in order to save the lives of the children and PLWs.