Polio cases: Minister warns strict action against negligent officials

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Provincial Minister for Health Sindh Dr Saghir Ahmed on Thursday said strict departmental action would be taken against officials found negligent regarding anti-polio drive in Karachi.

He expressed these while talking to media at the distribution ceremony of 25 advanced life-support ambulances among representatives of government-run hospitals across the Sindh province at I.I Depot here. Secretary Health Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Provincial Project Manager Expended Program on Immunization Dr Mazhar Khamisani and Monitoring & Alleviation Officer Sindh AIDS Control Program Dr Aftab Ahmed and representatives of different government run hospital attended the ceremony.

Taking strong notice of three new polio cases in Karachi city in last two days, Dr Saghir said strict action would be taken against district level officials who found involved in any kind of negligence during anti-polio campaign.

He said livestock department has started the vaccination of animals in cattle markets to minimize the chances of spread of Congo virus in the city. He said health department has arranged medicines, vaccination and other medical facilities for eight identified high-risk districts of province to cope with flood-like situation.

Reply a question regarding the poor health delivery system in three major hospitals of Karachi, health minister said after 18th amendment Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute of Child Health and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases is part provincial health department and the provincial government allocated developments funds for these hospitals. He said a case regarding affiliation of these hospitals is in court and hence he is not in position to offer any comment.

He said health department has introduced ‘uniform admission policy’ for the medical colleges in the province. He said there is no plan of government for raising the fees medical colleges this academic year.

He claimed that vaccination converge has been crossed 90 percent and there is dire need of enchaining routine immunization in the province.

Dr Saghir said efforts are under way to improve healthcare delivery system in public hospitals throughout the province on priority basis. He said public healthcare are being equipped with latest diagnosis machines, medicines and qualified doctors to ensure better healthcare facilities at grassroots level. He said provision of well-equipped ambulances to public healthcares is the part of a plan of up-grade government hospitals in the province.

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