VACCINATION CAMPAIGN FOR IDPs PLANNED

Sameer Nazir

KARACHI: A 5-Member delegation led by Chairperson for Healthcare & Polio Eradication Ms. Azra Pehchu, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali and others called on Addl. IGP Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo at Central Police Office today. The meeting was attended by DIGP East Munir Shaikh, SSP West and representatives of UNICEF, WHO and Ahmed Ali Shaikh; Chief Minister Monitoring Cell for Health Mst. Shahnaz Wazir Ali and others.

It was informed to the meeting that about 5,552 North Waziristan IDPs (individuals) have already arrived at Karachi and their validation was in process.

Considering the ongoing arrival process, more IDPs are expected and there is an imminent risk of intensive outbreaks of polio and other infectious diseases, as reported, since June 2012 no OPV vaccination in North Waziristan, the meeting was informed.

It was decided at the meeting to avert significant risk of intensive poliovirus outbreak, additional vaccination are imperative at Provincial Transit Points (PTPs) and in the new comers areas of Karachi. “For this purpose first polio vaccination campaign is being arranged w. e. from July 5 to July 8, 2014. Whereas second campaign from July 16 and third from August 16 to August 19, 2014. Additionally more 4 campaigns have been planned after 19 August till December”. The meeting was informed.

Additional IGP Karachi directed Police to ensure 300 security personnel specific for Polio campaigns from 5 July till 31 December 2014, and to extend all possible support in identification and mapping of areas in Karachi where IDP settled.

 

STAKEHOLDERS CONSULTED TO PREPARE SINDH SANITATION POLICY

 

Sameer Nazir

KARACHI: The Directorate of Urban Policy and Strategic Planning, Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh has organized a preliminary consultative workshop on draft “Sindh Sanitation Policy” here at local hotel to devise provincial sanitation policy as it was felt that the province of Sindh should have its own policy as per 18th amendment. Earlier a National Sanitation Policy was prepared by the Ministry of Environment in 2006.

The draft policy was presented to the all the stakeholder inviting their comments and suggestions for preparing a final document. The sanitation policy primarily focuses on increasing the coverage, safe disposal of liquid and solid waste; and promotion of good health and hygiene practices in the entire province.

Additional Chief Secretary (Dev.) was the chief guest of the event. Addressing the workshop, he appreciated the initiative taken by the Directorate to draft Sindh Sanitation Policy document and to support provincial institutions, local administrations and governments; concerned utilities and communities in their endeavors towards planning, improvement and management of sanitation infrastructure and services in the province.