KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has asked IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali to deploy 3,000 policemen for the security of polio eradication teams during the upcoming four-day vaccination drive in the province, starting from November 3.
This decision was taken in a meeting headed by the chief minister at CM House on Wednesday.
Those who attended the meeting include federal lawmaker Dr Azra Pechuho, Sindh Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Sindh Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo, programme director for polio eradication Usman Chachar and others.
During the meeting, the chief minister was apprised that an anti-polio drive will be conducted in the province from November 3-6.
“There are few issues such as security and transport which need to addressed in this regard,” Dr Azra Pechuho said.
On this the chief minister directed the IG police to deploy a force of 3,000 policemen on the security of anti-polio vaccination teams.
“I want you to not only ensure the security of the anti-polio teams but also ensure the provision of lunch and transport to them, for which funds have been provided to the programme director of polio eradication campaign,” Qaim said.
The chief minister asserted that he was “committed with the people of Sindh to eradicate polio from the province”.
“It is our national and international commitment,” he maintained.
Qaim Ali Shah also directed his principal secretary to coordinate with polio eradication teams in order to provide them security during the second phase of anti-polio campaign, which would be launched in third week of November.