- Gujro Union Council residents end vaccination boycott after negotiations
- PTI Sindh SG says ‘Naya Pakistan’ would hopefully be polio-free
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Secretary-General (SG) and Parliamentary Leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh on Sunday said that the need of the supply of clean drinking water to the backward areas for the eradication of poliovirus has now become imperative.
He stated this while speaking during a jirga held with the three communities of Gujro Union Council of Gadap Town. The protestors ended their boycott of polio vaccination after meeting with the PTI leader.
Sheikh was accompanied by MPA Kareem Bux Gabol, district administration officers and local elders during the jirga, also attended by Akakhel tribal elder Haji Jannat Gul, tribal leader Haji Jahanzeb Barki, DC East Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, DHO Masood Solangi, AC East Muhammad Ali Gopang, SP East Azam Jamali, polio emergency operation center official Azeem Khuwaja and others.
Due to the untiring joint efforts of PTI leader Haleem Adil, tribal leaders, district administration and other protestors announced to end polio boycott in Union Council Gujro and agreed to administer polio drops to their children.
Addressing the jirga, Haleem Adil said Gujro is amongst three union councils whose residents have boycotted the polio campaign, but now due to our joint efforts, they have agreed to end the boycott.
He stated that a couple of days ago during a meeting of the task force, Prime Minister Imran Khan had appealed the citizens to support the polio drive.
He said we are thankful to the local people and parents who have announced to allow administering polio drops to their children.
Haleem Adil said polio is a dangerous disease, and we according to the vision of Imran Khan, would hopefully make Pakistan a polio-free country.
He said we do not want that these three union councils are quoted for their boycott in every discussion about polio eradication. He said in the Naya Pakistan of Imran, no child would hopefully be crippled due to polio.
The PTI Sindh SG asked the administration to ensure proper cleanliness and supply of cleaning drinking water to the resident of this union council. He said the area is facing acute shortage of drinking water and people are compelled to drink contaminated water, which is the main source of the spread of polio.
Speaking on the occasion, MPA Kareem Bux Gabol appealed the parents to cooperate in getting their children vaccinated for polio so that they could be saved from possible life-long disability.
East DC Ahmed Ali Siddiqui said that polio is a serious problem of Pakistan. He said parents of some 4,000 children in this area had refused to give polio drops to their children. He said we are happy that now local people have announced the cooperation to the polio drive.