The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has cleared four development projects at a cost of Rs 136.74 billion during its meeting which was presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan.
The meeting was also joined by the Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary Ministry of Health, Additional Secretary, PD&SI, Secretary Ministry of Petroleum, Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA), Members Planning Commission, and other key stakeholders.
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The CDWP meeting cleared up the following projects:
- Emergency Plan for Polio Eradication project having the cost of Rs 13,1996.191 million,
- Replacement of Obsolete Equipment & Procurement of new Electro-Medical Equipment for National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Islamabad costing Rs 524.690 million,
- Expansion and Up-gradation of Pakistan Petroleum Corehouse for its sustainable operations to ease Oil & Gas exploration research at Rs 819.102 million,
- Construction of Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College Mirpur worth Rs 3400 million.
The meeting also cleared the Emergency Plan for Polio Eradication project for 5-year according to the current National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2021-23 and GPEI policy 2022-2026 that emphasize on eliminating the Wild Polio Virus and CVDPV2 all over the country and achieving post-polio certification.
Moreover, the project intends to interrupt wild poliovirus type 1 and distribute vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 transmissions as a way to global polio eradication.
Secretary Health appraised the CDWP forum that the projects will be implemented for five years to eradicate polio from the country.
Conversely, he added that two cases of polio were reported recently in North Waziristan which appeared from the neighboring country Afghanistan. The Health Secretary added that because of the porous border polio cases arose from Afghanistan and that matter was debated with the Afghan government. In this regard, Pakistan requested the Afghan government to conduct a door-to-door polio drive and secure the border to avoid further polio cases.
Meanwhile, the forum also gave approval to the Expansion and Upgradation of the Pakistan Petroleum Core house for its feasible operations to enable Oil & Gas exploration research at the cost of Rs 819.102 million.