DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal disclosed on Tuesday that the Punjab government spent Rs17,000 on the vaccination of each child and special efforts were being made to make Punjab polio-free.

Addressing a meeting held here at his office in connection with polio vaccination, he said that Multan was a polio free district for the last four years due to the efforts of district administration and health workers. He asked the health officials to continue their struggle for upholding the polio-free status.

He stressed upon the vaccination staff to utilize their all out energies to make the vaccination campaign successful and deliver positive results. He said that the incidence of polio defamed Pakistan in entire world and the nation needed to show unity for the eradication of this crumbling disease. He said that the sewerage samples taken from Sooraj Miani, Ali Town and Kotla Abdul Fateh were tested negative.

He disclosed that different hospitals in Multan were given special powers for the issuance of polio certificates and the citizens going abroad were being issued these certificates after administration of drops. He declared that no fee was charged for polio vaccination and issuance of certificates.

Meanwhile, the DCO carried out surprise visit of sabzi and fruit mandi and suspended the head of sanitation staff Muhammad Shafi on poor sanitation. He also issued order for imposition of heavy fines on the owners of the trucks parked wrongly. He said that the motive behind his early morning visits to the market was to keep the rates under control and end price hike. He added that the extortion and hoarding cultures were eliminated from Multan vegetable market. He issued order for installation of shelter and provision of cold drinking water for the visitors in the vegetable market.