LAKKI MARWAT, Jan 2: Ulema and religious scholars have helped the district health authorities to achieve the goal of addressing the refusal cases during the recent anti-polio drive, says National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) field coordinator Shahid Anwar.
Talking to this scribe on Sunday he said that the NRDF arranged meetings and seminars with the scholars and ulema before the commencement of polio eradication campaign in order to enable and assist authorities concerned to make the drive a success.
He said the ulema extended support to the immunization teams in the anti-polio campaign commenced on Dec 28 and in the catch up activity to ensure vaccination of children against the disease. “The religious scholars and clerics command respect in Marwat area and people feel pride to follow their instructions”, said Mr Shahid.He said that the health department in collaboration with the NRDF implemented the strategy of involving religious scholars and clerics in the drive against polio so as to ensure desired results. With the support of ulema, he said, the polio teams launched door-to-door campaign in those rural and urban localities where parents were reluctant to immunise their children and where a number of refusal cases were reported in the previous campaigns.
He said that the ulema`s support was helpful in countering false propaganda against oral drops and misconceptions of the people in this regard. CLEANLINESS:
Residents of Sher Khankhel locality of Lakki city have expressed concern over the poor state of cleanliness in the area and called for launching a special cleanliness drive in the locality.
Talking to this correspondent on Sunday, they said that the employees and sweepers of the tehsil municipal administration did not visit the area for the last couple of months to clean the streets and lanes of the locality. They said that dirt and litter was scattered everywhere and causing nuisance for them.
A resident Ahmad Nawaz said that the civic body was time and again requested to dispose of the dumps of garbage but to no avail. “The bigwigs of the municipality did not send sweepers and other concerned staffers to clean the streets and remove the heaps of dirt and filth from the locality”, he maintained.
The residents said that the locality lacked dust bins besides the sewerage drains were filled with stagnant water, causing spread of diseases.