LAHORE - Transporters on Wednesday pledged to support polio eradication efforts at permanent transit sites in Punjab as well as all provincial cross border points.

The pledge was made at a meeting of representatives of nine major transport companies including Rehbar, Baloch, Ahmed, Daewoo Express, Malik Travels, New Khan, Chaudhary group and MVE with government health authorities at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.

Advisor to CM Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired the meeting attended by senior health officials including Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervez, Additional Director Health Dr Nazir and Executive District Officer Health Dr Zulfiqar. Secretary Transport Shaukat Ali was specially invited to highlight transporters’ role in polio eradication.

Speaking on the occasion he said although Punjab has been polio free this year so far but continuous circulation of virus in neighbouring provinces as well as movement of people between affected areas to Punjab has been a major concern.

“Vaccinating children at cross border points between provinces stretch from Murree to Hassan Abdal to GilgitBaltistan, as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, pose a challenge to health teams”, Secretary Transport Shaukat Ali said. 

“Transport Department in its bid to support monitoring and analysis offers to provide a report of children vaccinated on border checkpoints”, the secretary said.