National Economic Council Approves Polio Eradication Plan for Nearly $1 Billion

Finance Minister Asad Umar, on Friday, chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

ECNEC considered and approved a revised Emergency Plan for Polio Eradication at a cost of USD 986.29 million. The plan envisages to end polio cases through Supplemental Immunization Activities (SIAs) across the country and undertaking environmental surveillance to completely curb poliovirus transmission.

Polio was declared as a national public health emergency in 2011 and yearly National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) for Polio Eradication is accordingly being implemented under the direct guidance and oversight of the National Task Force (NTF) for Polio Eradication.

ECNEC also discussed and approved a project regarding the Feasibility Study and Dualisation of Mardan-Swabi Road (42 KM) at a total cost of Rs. 9.55 billion.

The project involves dualization/improvement of the existing 42 km long Mardan-Swabi Road to a dual carriageway road, with each carriageway having a width of 7.3 m. The scope of work includes the construction of 14 new bridges, improving 8 existing bridges, underpass, 75 new culverts, besides other features.

ECNEC also discussed the Nai Gaj Dam Project at length. The Committee, after detailed deliberations, decided to seek additional technical input on the project from the Government of Sindh so that an informed decision could be taken at the next meeting.

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