Minister warns DHOs, EPI for providing fake data on health in Balochistan
QUETTA—Provincial Minister for Health, Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch has urged Managers EPI and District Health Officers (DHOs) to avoid compiling and submitting fake data on health issues as saying fake data in this regard would not be accepted.
He was addressing a conference held on Annual Review Report of EPI Programme in Balochistan here. It was also attended by donor agency, GAVI country chief, Hamid Raza, GAVI media consultant, Huma Khawar, officials of WHO, UNICEF and Health Department, Government of Balochistan.
The Health Minister said: “There are complaints from the stakeholders including the donor agencies that some EPI managers and DHOs were found compiling and submitting fake agenda on health condition in their respective district,” adding that fake data would affect future of our children as it damaged efforts being put for routine immunization in Balochistan.
He said that routine immunization was a challenge for Balochistan government and added that however, the government would meet the challenge despite difficulties.
He thanked GAVI, WHO and UNICEF for extending their collaboration for routine immunization in Balochistan.
He said that Managers of EPI Programme, DHOs and all other stakeholders would have to show commitment to ensure complete implementation of immunization in the province.
He urged the Mangers of EPI Programme to regularly submit their monthly review report to him besides informing him about any problem and obstacle if they face in the way of implementation of the programme.
He said that vaccines were very expensive but the donors had been providing it to Balochistan free of cost. He stressed the need to raise awareness over importance of vaccination among masses. Others who spoke among them were GAVI country chief, Hamid Raza and Dr. Saadia Farrukh.—APP
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