KARACHI (26 Sept. 2014): The Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that PPP was the only political party that gives top priority to provide job opportunities to the youths. He said that during & before 2007 our slogan was “ Benzair Ayaige-Rozgar Laaige” (Benazir to come and bring jobs) but now we continue Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto mission with the slogan i-e Asif-Ayaiga, Rozgar Laaiga” “Benazir Ka Beta Aaiga, Rozgar Laaiga”. This he observed while addressing the ceremony for distribution of offer letters for regularization of employees of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) Programme which had been launched under National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care in 1994.
Addressing the ceremony, the Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that today we are proud of it that we are going to complete another mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto by regularizing LHWs. He said that credit goes to PPP that it not only had opened this new avenue of job opportunities for the women folk in 1994 but regularized it to remove unrest from the employees and further extended health care to the women folk. He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had laid foundation of Lady Health Workers Programme in 1994 with limited numbers of employees but now the numbers of the employees of his programme have crossed to 24,000. He said that this dream of Shaheed Mohtarma was not only to provide Primary Health Care to the women of backward areas but also to open new avenue of job opportunities for the women folk to enable them to earn their livelihood at their own and added that this was step ahead towards women empowerment. He said that Sindh was the only province that has regularized the services of LHWs and lauded the spirit of the Sindh Government and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah for taking this mission of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto up to destination. He said that he was confident enough that Lady Health Worker (LHWs) now to work with their full spirit/ determination and bring the mortality rate of children & mothers at minimum possible level.
Earlier, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing the ceremony said that, it was Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, who despite of criticism from different components launched this LHWs Programme with a view to benefit women folk either by providing health care or livelihood to them. He said that this programme which was initially launched in Sindh province became so popular, that other provinces demanded for same in their own province and now they are practicing same as well. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah recalled and shared that during 2010, in the meeting of CCI, the other provinces recommended for disbanding this programme but he (the Chief Minister Sindh) was the only person had defended the LHWs Programme and made it clear that Sindh Government to continue this mission of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto even at its own cast.
Consequently, all other provinces followed the decision of Sindh province. Lauding the services rendered by LHWs in the field of primary health care, the Chief Minister Sindh said that due to their hard working the previous mortality rate of 500 per one lac women deliveries, now has been reduced up to 180. He advised the LHWs to expedite their working and bring this mortality rate further minimum level and even up to zero if possible.
While commenting on regularization of LHWs, the Chief Minister Sindh made it clear, that though the LHWs had launched their struggle for the purpose but one thing was clear that PPP leadership had decided to regularize them before their struggle and we had intimated to LHWs at that time and added that we fulfilled our commitment despite of limited resources.
The Provincial Secretary Health Iqbal Durrani while delivering his welcome address, said that the purpose of LHWs Programme was to control the mortality rate of mothers and children and we have become successful in the objectives by reducing the mortality rate more than 60%. The Secretary Health claimed that LHWs was the best community mobilization programme in the Asia. He said that we are optimistic to bring the mortality rate of mothers & children up to very nominal/ minimum level under this programme.
Later, the Chairman of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah distributed the offer letters of regularization among the LHWs. Acting Governor of Sindh Agha Siraj Durrani and Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro were also on the stage while, Sindh Minister Sharjeel Inam memon, Sindh Minister Ali Mardan Shah, Sindh Minister Dr. Sikandar Mendhro, Sindh Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Coordinator to CM Muhammad Siddiq Abu Bhai, Haji Muzzafar Shujra, Special Assistants to CM Mr. Waqar Mehdi & Rashid Rabbani and other MNAs MPAs and other officers of Sindh Government attended the ceremony.
Source : Press Secretary to CM Sindh