Anti-polio drive continues in all provinces

Parents urged to ensure vaccination of children

Islamabad

The anti-polio campaign is in progress in all four provinces to protect the children from this crippling disease. Sharing the data, Prime Minister’s Focal Person Senator, Ayesha Raza Farooq Monday said that the phase-1 of IPV campaign was entered in day eight in the KP districts.
She said that the drive was continued in the planned five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan and Swabi targeting 646,526 children with Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and 707,138 children with Oral poliovirus vaccines (OPV).
She said that the campaign had also started today in 18 towns of Karachi included TMK, Thatta, Sujawal and Badin in Sindh targeting 669,603 children with IPV and 893,193 children with OPV and in Bajour, Mohmand, Orakzai, Kurram, FR Peshawar and FR Kohat in FATA targeting 168,005 children with IPV and 204755 children with OPV.
The targeted age group for IPV was four months to 23 months and for OPV was birth-age to 23 months. It will be a six days campaign and two days catchup, she added. The day three of the phase-2 of mOPV2 case response campaign was also in progress in entire Quetta block targeting 727,046 under five children. It will be a five days campaign.
The campaign in response to the positive environmental sample from Multan has started today in the areas of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Khanewal, Tobatek Singh and Lodhran targeting 1,872,496 under five children.
The phase-1 of the February campaign in FATA has started today in the seven agencies including NWA, SWA, FR Tank, FR Lakki, FR D.I.Khan, FR Bannu and Khyber targeting 514,330 under five children. Dr. Jawad Habib Khan, Director Health Services (DHS) FATA inaugurated anti polio campaign in FATA by administering polio vaccine to a child on Monday.
According to a press release issued here, DHS FATA Dr. Jawad Habib Khan after anti polio campaign launch at Emergency Operations Center, FATA Secretariat, said, “ we have unique opportunity to cover the last miles towards polio eradication in FATA.”
He added for safe and healthy future every parents and guardians should ensure vaccination of their children with Injectable and Oral Polio Vaccine during the campaign. He emphasized IPV is an extremely safe and effective vaccine that protects children against all kinds of poliovirus, especially, when used in combination with OPV.
He further said that IPV keep children protected from polio virus for around 6 months while OPV in addition to quick boost to immunity also keep check on the spread of polio virus.
Dr. Jawad Habib Khan said polio cannot be cured but be prevented through immunization and it’s our responsibility as a parent and guardian to save our children from deprivation and paralysis; and as a citizen of this country to contribute in national cause of polio eradication from FATA.—APP

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