Anti-polio campaign launched in Chitral

Gul Hamaad Farooqi

Anti-polio campaign has been stared in lower Chitral. The campaign will be continue for three days while there will be two days of catch-up in which polio drops will be administered to those children who are left behind during the three-days campaign.

Health department officials, LHW, walk on snowy roads door to door to administer polio drops to children under the age of five, while they also giving them vitamin a capsules to prevent the children from diseases District According to District Health Officer Dr. Fayaz Rumi and EPI Co-ordinator Dr. Farman Nizar, their target in this campaign will be to administer polio drops to 45,676 children while 4,720 children will not be administered polio drops this time because they live in such places where All roads are closed due to heavy snowfall. In Lower Chitral, 25 fixed centres has been arranged where health staff will also administer polio drops to the childfren.

Likewise, 308 mobile teams are participating in this campaign, which will go door-to-door to administer polio drops to children. Polio drops will also be administered at 14 transit points, where people coming from down districts at bus, taxi stand, etc. That means children under five years of age will be administered polio drops at these transit points along with passengers coming from outside. Children staying in hotels, bases, markets within Chitral city will be vaccinated against polio. 8 roaming teams have been formed for these purposes to administer drops.