Administration to be stern in handling refusals during polio vaccination drive


City Reporter

Administration has decided in principle not to accept any refusal, on part of parents or guardians of the targeted 2.2 million under five children, during the polio vaccination campaign commencing in 188 union councils of the metropolis from September 16.
Commissioner of Karachi, Ejaz Ahmed Khan, chairing a meeting Wednesday to review arrangements being made for the forthcoming campaign directed the concerned officials to ensure that 9000 teams of vaccinators, constituted for the purpose, may preferably be assigned responsibilities in their respective areas of residence.
This was said to not only address the frequently raised issue of public confidence on the exercise itself but to also avert chances of avoiding the mandatory OPV administration by the concerned parents or relatives, under one or the other pretext. “Belonging to the same area as of the targetted children will enable the relevant team members to gain easy accessibility and address efficiently the challenge of refusals,” commented the commissioner.
He on the occasion directed the deputy commisioners of all districts in the mega city to also take on board the community leaders and influential members of the areas falling under their jurisdiction so that no difficult situation may arise.
Regretting that a confirmed case of polio was reported from Karachi only recently, he said that though the child with almost no history of vaccination had moved to the metropolis from another province a few months ago, yet the fact that it was an unfortunate development that has also enhanced vulnerability of other kids.
“We at every level have to continue in our efforts to convince parents in particular and people in general about the importance of vaccination against polio virus, including OPV, in protecting children against the crippling disease” said Commissioner Karachi.
The meeting among others was also attended by Coordinator, EOC – Sindh, Fayyaz Jatoi, Additional Commissioner of Karachi, Farhan Ghani, Coordinator, Karachi Commissioner, Anti Polio Taskforce, Dr.Nusrat Ali, WHO Representative, Dr. Abdurahman Mahmud and also those representing Unicef, Bill Gates Foundation and Rotary Club.