District Coordination Officer (DCO) Talat Mahmood Gondal Saturday inaugurated launching ceremony of anti polio drive at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). On this occasion, he informed that an anti polio drive would be kick-started on December 19 in Rawalpindi District and would continue till December 23.
He said this year 18 cases had been reported across the country and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the worst effected province with 9 cases, Sindh 6, FATA 2, Balochistan 1 and Punjab with zero case.
The DCO said Rawalpindi, due to its key geographical location, was very prone to polio virus and its inter-district and inter-province mobilisation, especially people coming to Rawalpindi from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and other areas.
“We are committed and active to eradicate the menace of polio virus throughout the country,” he added. Earlier President RCCI Raja Amer Iqbal in his welcome address gave a short briefing to participants on the RCCI current and future events.
He said this was very alarming that Pakistan ranked number 1 in polio cases globally.
“It’s our collective responsibility to eradicate this menace. A comprehensive strategy is required to address this issue,” he said. He assured his full support and cooperation in this regard.