Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that provincial government, under the dynamic leadership Chairman PTI Imran Khan, has initiated a number of reforms for the socio-economic uplift of the masses adding that the eradication of polio is one of the top priority of the government.
Chief Minister informed the UNICEF mission that government is determined to fully eradicate polio and focusing on awareness campaign to eradicate polio with the support of masses. He also hinted at inclusion of polio in the curricula. Chief minister added that government was also taking concrete steps for ensuring clean drinking water, better healthcare facilities as well as to ensure better nutritional and healthcare facilities for mother and childcare in collaboration with UNICEF. The mission assured KP government to establish 10 newNeonatologyunits to minimize mortality rates in milk feeding babies in the province particularly establishment of mobile laboratories for water testing of the population living near by the banks of the rivers.
UNICEF Mission led by Chief Field Charles Nzuki Called on the Chief Minister KP at Chief Minister Secretariat, Peshawar, the other day. Other members of the mission included Polio team leader Dr. Johar, Program Specialist Farman Ali, Nutrition officer Dr. Adbul Jamil, Education team leader Syed Fawad Shah and wash officer Rehman ullah. The mission appreciated the provincial government’s steps for polio eradication, curtailment of mortality rate in new born babies and healthcare facilities and termed it exemplary for other provinces. The mission particularly lauded the effective and active role of Chief Minister KP in this regard. The mission revealed that the last six months samples confirmed non detection of polio virus in the polluted water and Peshawar will be formally declared polio free city if the results were remain the same in the next survey. The mission however stated that polio eradication campaign would remain continue due to detection of one polio case in Kohistan in September, the previous year. The mission in the next phase will start campaign to control mortality rate in milk feeding kids due to poor nutrition for which the mission requested the government to extend full support in this regard.
Chief Minister welcomed the initiative of UNICEF and directed the concerned provincial departments to convene a high level meeting for controlling mortality rates in new born babies. Chief Minister in the context of CPEC requested the mission to extend full support to the provincial government for polio eradication, minimization of mortality rates in kids in Waston wash programs from Chitral to Dera Ismail Khan, FATA and FR.
Chief Minister agreed with the view point of the mission that the main cause of spread of polio virus was due to the influx of Afghan refugees adding that collective efforts by both the countries was must to eradicate polio from the region.
Meanwhile Political Councilor of British High Commission WilliamMiddletonalso called on the Chief Minister and discussed matter of mutual interest. Chief Minister welcomed Britons willingness for huge investment in CPEC related projects particularly in the cement industry. Chief Minister apprised political councilor about the lucrative packages, security guarantees for investors as well as details of CPEC related more than 100 projects.
Chief Minister further informed that provincial government initiated a number of reforms to put the province on the path of progress and prosperity in the areas of health and education, tourism, minerals, power and agriculture and security. Responding to certain queries about the system of governance, Chief Minister clarified that in KP government has introduced new local government system to ensure development at grass root level which has become an example for the whole country. Masses not only welcomed these reforms but it had restored the public trust over the institutions and now masses were fully cooperating with government institutions with the sense of ownership and trust.