Monthly progress review meeting on polio eradication tomorrow

PESHAWAR: Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai would chair the first monthly review meeting on polio eradication on Thursday at conference room in Health Secretariat.
The meeting would be held on monthly basis with a view to give an update on implementation of National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) for Polio Eradication in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa besides reviewing the current status and issues confronting expanded programme on immunization (EPI) in the province. The province has recorded 5 polio cases so far in the current year out of the 27 reported in the country. Pakistan is among the three endemic countries of the world along with Afghanistan and Nigeria where polio is continuing to cripple children. The government stands committed to the cause of polio eradication and to protect children from lifelong disability. - APP

Fumigation tools dispatched to Swat

PESHAWAR: Director Health Services FATA, Dr. Pervaiz Kamal Khan has said that medical professional of the Directorate has been stationed in Swat and two fog machines have also been dispatched to control the outbreak of dengue virus.
He said that all the necessary fumigation equipments have been handed over to District Administration to strengthened dengue preventive measure in the area. He said that the medical professional of FATA Secretariat have been directed to ensure their presence till the total elimination of the virus from the area. - APP

Medical report must for mandatory training

Peshawar: "A Guide to Performance Evaluation" framed in the year 2004 provides Annual Medical Examination Reports in respect of the officers working in Basic Pay Scale (BPS-17) and above.

It has been observed by the government with grave concern that the said instructions are not being complied with in letter and spirit. Therefore, it becomes difficult to monitor an officer's health for the purpose of posting, training and retention in service.
Besides, several cases have been observed where officers nominated for mandatory training fell seriously ill during training and had to be sent back without completing the training.
The government, therefore, advises that the instructions on the subject may be complied with and Annual Medical Examination of every officer be ensured. As the Annual Medical Examination Reports are to be placed in the C.R. dossiers; copies of the reports are required to be furnished to the authorities responsible for maintaining C.R. dossiers.
Apropos to above, it has been decided by the government that the latest Medical Report shall henceforth be a compulsory requirement at the time of nomination of officers for mandatory training i.e. MCMC, SMC and NMC / NDU.
While sending nomination of officers for mandatory training, their latest Annual Medical Examination Report may also be provided to the government.
However, the said requirement in question shall be applicable with effect from Ist January 2014.
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Home and Tribal Affairs Department has issued instructions in this regard to its all subordinate formations and officers to bring the aforesaid decision of the competent authority for strict compliance. - PPI

New health delivery system in KP from September 2

Dawn File PhotoABBOTTABAD/ Dawn: Provincial Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai has said that the government is launching a comprehensive health delivery system from September 2 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after which people will be able to see marked improvement in facilities provided by the government hospitals.

This he said while speaking at Ayub Medical Complex Hospital on Thursday where equipment and funds worth Rs50 million were donated by an NGO, Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI), to the complex and of Rs20 million worth to the district headquarters hospital, Abbottabad.

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Childhood diseases in KP: Area-specific campaigns to promote vaccinations

PESHAWAR/Dawn: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department is devising a comprehensive strategy under which A health worker administers polio drops to a child in Sethi Town in Peshawar on Wednesday. — Dawninformation would be provided to people in local languages to increase awareness of benefits of vaccines and protect children against nine childhood diseases, including polio.

“We are working on a plan to design messages in Pashto, Hindko and local dialects for specific areas and targeted population. The move seeks to create demand for vaccination. People would also be given information about immunisation in their local languages through advertisements in print and electronic media,” officials said.

They said that presently the advertisements concerning vaccination were being prepared for audience at the national level, which failed to reach local populations.

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