Countrywide anti-polio campaign begins

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6.6m children including nomad kids upto 5-year age being administered drops

Islamabad

A three-day countrywide anti-polio campaign has launched on Monday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan Sindh, Punjab and AJK. Sources of Provincial Health Department said that more than six point six million children upto five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.
In nineteen districts of Balochistan, more than one million children upto five year of age will be administered anti-polio drops. Polio teams are also available at railway stations, bus stands and public places to ensure administering anti-polio drops to every child.
Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams. The District Health Departments Larkana, Kamber-Shahdadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Kandhkot-Kashmore districts have deputed more than 2890 mobile and fixed teams which will visit every house in the five districts of the Larkana region and administered OralPolio Vaccine (OPV) to the children upto five years age.
Mobile Anti-polio teams to visit Schools, bus stands and railway stations and also go door-to-door to give anti-polio drops to the children, in remote/far-flung areas, rural and urban areas of five districts to accomplish the task.
In Sialkot, 1,102 special mobile, 732 fixed and 68 roaming teams of Sialkot Health Department Monday administrated polio vaccine to 6,820 nomad children under five years of age. The teams went door-to-door in 95 nomad dwellings in four tehsils of Sialkot district.
Deputy Commissioner, Dr Asif Tufail inaugurated the campaign by giving polio vaccine to some nomad children.
Highlighting the plan chalked out for immunization of children up to five years of age across AJK, the AJK Health Services sources told APP here that over 250 mobile Para-medical staff teams will be formed and 345 fixed units and 135 transit points at prominent public places including bus and wagon stands have been set up in all ten districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Hattiyan, Neelam valley, Kotli, Bagh, Sudhanoti, Haveili, Bhimbher and Rawalakot to administer anti-polio vaccine drops during the 3- day drive in entire Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a spokesman of the Health Department Sargodha, 1480 teams of health department including 1207 mobile teams, 194 fix and 79 transit teams were administering anti-polio drops. Deputy Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha has directed the officers concerned to make strict security arrangements for the teams.
He said that 169 Union Council Monitoring Officers (UCMO) and 289 area incharges were performing duties while 347 motorcycles and 169 vehicles have also been provided to such teams. *
A spokesman of the health department Faisalabad said here Monday that 3024 teams had been deputed to administer polio vaccine to children under five years of age.
He said that April 20 and 21 (Thursday and Friday) would be observed as Sweeping Days to give anti polio drops to leftover children.
The District Health Officer Sukhur Dr. Agha Samiullah has said that in Sukkur more than 3,26,725 children aged below five years would be administered polio drops.
The immunization campaign launched with full swing and the staff deployed has been issued special instructions to make the drive success, he said adding that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.
ADC Khairpur Usman Khalid talking to media said that during the drive 4,61,000 children below five-years of age across the 76 union councils (UCs) of district would be administered anti-polio drops. The District Health Officer Khairpur Dr. Nisar Ahmed Phulpoto briefed the ADC about responsibilities of anti-polio drive in district.
ADC Usman Khalid also inaugurated the Solar system at Sagyoon and Sami health centers. On the occasion, PPHI district manager Bashir Jagirani briefed the ADc and told that solar system have been provided in 30 health centers of district and other centers will also be connected with solar system very soon.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Khairpur, presided over a meeting of Divisional Polio Task Force to review and discuss in detail the arrangements for the 4-day Anti-Polio Campaign in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the officials of Health department of the district the all out efforts should be made to administer the polio drops to children below five years of age.—APP

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