Prime Minister’s Focal Person, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq Tuesday conducted a surprise visit to monitor polio campaign in Islamabad.
Visiting various localities in Islamabad, Senator Ayesha Raza said she would personally monitor the campaign in the city and took notice of gaps in provision of routine immunization services against nine deadly diseases of children in area and issued directions to ensure that every child is immunized without fail.
National Coordinator for Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Dr Rana Safdar and other senior officers of health ministry, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) also accompanied by the Senator.
Senator Ayesha also visited vaccinators working in slums located on outskirts of Islamabad to personally monitor immunization campaign on second day of the five-day nationwide drive.
“Our Sehat Muhafiz have brought us so close to polio eradication that we cannot afford to relax, hence me and leadership of EOC have come out to support our valiant teams for getting rid of this disease completely,” she added.
“Pakistan has recorded historic low number of cases in 2017 and we don’t want to lose this opportunity to defeat this crippling virus by being vigilant, proactive and persistent,” said the Senator.
Prime Minister has constituted a special task force to specifically monitor the campaign in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and report back to him on daily basis to ensure maximum coverage during this and all the upcoming campaigns.
Though there has been no case reported from the twin cities for over two years but virus has been found in the environmental samples of both Islamabad and Rawalpindi drainage, thus raising the concerns amongst officials and communities.
The Senator visited the homes, interacted with parents and community elders in Pakistan Town, H-9, Koral and other areas.