Pakistan Observer

Rangers to protect polio workers in door-to-door campaign

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - Karachi—Sindh health department has agreed in principle to coordinate with the Sindh Rangers, presently escorting voters’ verification teams and re-start door to door oral polio vaccination in Karachi with required security for its polio workers.

A senior health department official told APP Tuesday that the next OPV campaign is scheduled to begin in the province from January 28 to 30. “It is, however, planned to be conducted from February 4 to 6 in Karachi,” he said.

“We are contemplating to avail the offer made to us by the Sindh Rangers and ensure easy and risk free access of our workers to each and every union council in the metropolis,” elaborated the official.

In reply to a query, he said it could be initiated in next few days.

He said the health minister has also asked the deputy commissioners of Karachi to contact concerned commandments of the rangers and develop a schedule for polio workers. The official said Dr. Azra Pechuho, special representative of President Asif Ali Zardari for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and the Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Saghir Ahmed are equally involved to review the role of People’s Primary Health Initiative (PPHI) in improving routine vaccination of all children,without any distinction.—APP

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