Union council polio officers from four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa protested in Mardan in support of their demands. Union Council Polio Officers of Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda and Nowshera districts took part in the protest of Mardan Press Club.
Speaking on the occasion, Nabil, Rohail, Rashid and Saeed Afsar said that in order to defeat the deadly disease like polio in Pakistan, the World Health Organization (WHO) had named Union Council Polio Officers in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2011. Appellants were deployed whose responsibilities included training government officials in the health department, the success of polio campaigns, convincing parents to refuse, improving children’s immunizations and maintaining the quality of polio vaccines, but now fired hundreds of them. There are 31 personnel from Mardan district, 29 from Swabi district, 17 from Nowshera district and 8 from Charsadda district who are abusive and unfair to us, they added
They said that these young people are now unemployed and they had been already cross the age limit to be the part of government jobs, the question is not only about the future of hundreds of families but also the future of millions of children who are at risk of contracting the polio virus. There are 80 cases of polio reported in the country at present. In these circumstances, dismissal of Union Council Polio Officers could severely affect the said program.
They called on all polio-related organizations to reconsider the decision for the future of millions of children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Unfortunately, on the one hand, we have been deprived of a signature and an e-mail, while on the other hand, high-ranking officials and politicians associated with the polio program have been active in appointing their servants to these posts, forcing us to commit suicide,” they said.
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