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KARACHI, 11 JUNE, 2018:

ANTI- POLIO STRATEGY: CARETAKER CM CALLS TASK FORCE MEETING ON JULY 2

 

 

KARACHI (June 11): No polio case has been detected in the province of Sindh province from the last one year, however Karachi and Qambar-Shahdadkot district have been rated as high risk areas. This was disclosed in a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazul-ur-Rehman to review performance of polio programme here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Provincial Coordinator POCC Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Provincial Coordinator Emergency Operation Center (EOC) (Fayaz Jatoi and Aziz Memon of International Polio plus Committee Rotary International.

The chief minister was told that all polio activities are guided by the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP). Globally, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining countries with polio. In 2018 to date, Pakistan reported three cases (all from district Dukki of Balocistan), and Afghanistan eight cases. In Sindh, all six districts of Karachi are still classified as ’Tier 1’ core reservoir, means districts of highest risk. Epidemiology. No Polio case has been detected in Sindh as compare to last year when two polio cases were reported and both were from Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gadap. The virus isolated from environmental sites (taken from sewage system), indicating ongoing virus transmission. ln Karachi sample are taken from 11 sites every month. In May only Machhar Colony Gadap came positive. In Northern Sindh, sample were taken from six Sites and Kamber became positive. On this the chief minister said that the situation could not be termed as normal. All the stake holders, partners and civil society have to work together to make Pakistan polio free zone.

Structure of Polio program : The chief minister was told that the three tiers structure provides oversight and direction to the polio programme. The Provincial Task Force led by Chief Minister and/or Chief Secretary meets quarterly and has membership of secretaries, Health and Education, all Commissioners, LEAs, and provincial heads of partner agencies. Divisional Task Forces led by Commissioners operate in all six divisions with membership of the DCs, DHOs/THOs and their district teams. District Polio Eradication Committees (DPECs) have been formed in all 29 districts, led by deputy commissioner. DPECs are supported by the District Polio Control Rooms (DPCRs) which are responsible for the day-to-day running of all polio-related activities in the districts. Most DPCRs function throughout the month. The provincial Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is the technical lead at the provincial level and coordinates all activities between government, partners and the federal level (National EOC). Assessment: The epidemiological situation in Karachi has Improved. Virus from environmental site has restricted to only Gadap. The campaign quality has further improved, eradication levels are still not consistently achieved due to high number of missed children due to refusals. After the outbreak in lower Sindh (Badin, Thatta, Sujawal) between September -December 2016, these districts received significant inputs (human resources, monitoring, supervision, accountability) with a subsequent improvement in performance quality. This improvement has been sustained. In Northern Sindh, all polio eradication activities are well managed by DPCRs under joint leadership of DC/DHO. Routine immunization in Sindh remains weak and still leaves too many young children without immunity against polio. Large efforts have been made together with the EPI programme to improve the situation, progress remains to be guarded. Currently, a large- scale measles campaign is being jointly conducted in Karachi (and later also in other districts of Sindh) by EOC and EPI. Mr Fayaz Jatoi highliting the challenges said that stopping virus transmission in Karachi requires sustained polio activities of highest quality in selected high-risk areas of the city. We need to minimize the number of still missed children soon after every campaign and special strategy may be formulated for permanently missed children focusing on refusal conversion. He said that the energy and morale of the workforce is in a precarious balance — back-to-back activities for many months, high expectations, constant pressure, punitive measures, inadequate support etc have taken a toll on front line workers and led to high staff turnover. Further accountability measures are required for both good and bad performance. Human resource issues remain a key obstacle, including the ability to fill vacancies with motivated, well-performing staff— both in government and with partners. Highest-quality surveillance becomes critically important as ever fewer polio cases are reported now. Surveillance must be able to detect and quickly investigate each weakness case to be sure that zero means zero. Frequent movement of High Risk Mobile Population (HRMP) from Quetta, KP and FATA to Karachi and other parts of Sindh. The chief minister directed the Principal Secretary to call a meeting of provincial task force on May 2, 2018 so that strategy could be evolved to face the challenges.

CARETAKER CM ORDERS REGISTRATION OF FIR AGAINST WATER THEFT

KARACHI (June 11): Sindh Caretaker Chief Minister Fazul-ur-Rehman has directed Irrigation department to take strict action against water theft by registering FIR so that water could be provided to the tail-enders. He took this decision on Monday while presiding over a joint meeting of Agriculture & Irrigation departments here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Minister for irrigation Khair Mohammad Junejo, Minister Irrigation Mushtaq Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajpout, Secretary Irrigation Jamal Shah, Secretary Agriculture Sajid Jamal Abro and others.

The Chief Minister said that the water position in the River Indus has improved to some extent but its benefits have not trickled down to the small growers, particularly the tail-enders. “This is the issues of management and distribution of water,” he said. He added that the shortages should also be shared by the all the growers and the people living at the head of canals . Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon said that there were reports of the water theft and illegal pumping of water, therefore water did not reach at the tail-end. The minister irrigation and Minister agriculture also expressed the same opinion as expressed by the chief secretary. Secretary Irrigation Jamal Shah said that the water position which was 35,000 cusecs in the last week has reached 41457 on Sunday and it goes on improving day by day. Giving water withdrawal position, he said that Desert Pat Feeder withdraws 4842 cusecs, Ghotki Feeder 4608, North Western Canal 2040, Rice Canal 1500, Dadu Canal 1900, Nara Canal 8850, khairpur Feeder East 1240, Rohri Canal 8850, Khairpur Feeder West 1060, Kalri Baghar 2450, Akram Wah 640, Pinyari 1370, New Fulelli 2125. The chief minister directed the Secretary Irrigation department to start registering FIR against the water thieves. He also directed the police department through chief secretary to support and cooperate with Irrigation officials in stopping water theft by registering cases.

KARACHI, 02 JUNE, 2018:

FAZUL-UR-REHMAN TAKES OVER AS CARETAKER CHIEF MINISTER

 

 

Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazul-ur-Rehman has said that he did not foresee delay or postponement of general elections. This he said while informally talking to a group of journalists just after taking oath as caretaker Sindh Chief Minister at Governor House today.

Brushing aside the impression of delay or postponement of general election, the caretaker chief minister said it [election] would be held in time. “I am thankful to the outgoing chief minister and the opposition who showing their trust and confidence nominated me as caretaker chief minister,” he said. Talking about caretaker cabinet, Fazul-ur-Rehman said that he would appoint a balanced caretaker cabinet within next two days.

Earlier, Governor Sindh Mohmmad Zubair in a simple but impressive ceremony held at Governor House administered oath to Mr Fazul-ur-Rehman as a caretaker chief minister. The ceremony was attended by out-going chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durani, former provincial ministers, Syed Nasir Shah, Saeed Ghani and others. The DG Ranger, the IG Police, chairman P&D and secretaries of different departments also attended the oath-taking ceremony. Chief Secretary Sindh Rizwan Memon conducted the oath-taking ceremony started with the recitation from Holy Quran and national anthem. The caretaker chief minister was given guard of honour when he arrived at the CM House. He assumed his office and was briefed by his Principal Secretary Aijaz Ali Khan. Mr Fazul-ur-Rehman is a former civil servant and has served Sindh as chief secretary twice. He is widely respected. It may be noted that on May 31, the out-going Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izharul Hassan addressing a joint press conferece at CM House had nominated Fazul-ur-Rehman as caretaker chief minister of Sindh.