Rawalpindi—A five-day polio drive would start from March 14, to cover entire district of Rawalpindi, to provide vaccination to the children of upto five years of age to protect them from crippling disease. During the campaign, 1850 polio teams would go door-to-door and administer polio drops to 811,798 children of upto five years of age in all tehsils and union councils of the Rawalpindi district.
The health authorities have suggested to the district officers to take steps, under Section 144, against those hindering the campaign.
It was also decided that 270 polio centers would be established in urban areas in order to facilitate the citizens.
The staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated. The Health Department officials have been directed to remain vigilant, particularly in those areas where polio-virus was found during the last year campaign.
District programme coordinator (DPC), Javaid Iqbal Ch said that all possible steps had been taken by the Health Department to make the campaign a success.
Javaid said, “1850 mobile teams have been constituted for door-to-door vaccination of the children. Besides that 270 special centers will be set up to facilitate the parents so that their children could be vaccinated in nearby areas. Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned to make the campaign a success.” The DPC urged the citizens particularly the parents to come forward and play their role for the elimination of the crippling disease.
The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved in a proper manner, he said. He said continuous efforts were being made to control polio.
Special teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children are registered. He added that special arrangements have also been made to cover Cantonment Board areas of Rawalpindi.