Deputy Commissioner (DC), Muhammad Wasif Saeed and Commandant Mohmand Rifles, Colonel Irfan have inaugurated the door-to-door anti-polio campaign in Mohmand district.
During the ongoing campaign, around 96,000 children below five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops. The campaign will be carried out by 369 mobile, eight transit and 29 fixed teams. On the occasion, Agency surgeon Alamgir Khan, FSFO Dr Bashir Ahmed, AHCSO Younas Khan, Ulema and elders of the area were also present. The DC appealed the local people to extend complete co-operation to the anti-polio staff for saving their children from the crippling disease.
Meanwhile, it is reported from Lahore that Sehat Muhafiz polio eradication teams of the Health Department Punjab will visit door to door to vaccinate nearly 1.7 million children less than five years of age in three districts of Punjab including DG Khan, Rajanpur and Rawalpindi in a campaign starting from July 2. Punjab’s Director General Health Services and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre for polio eradication and routine immunization Dr Munir Ahmad emphasized the need for all children to be immunized during every round of campaign, said an official. “Multiple doses of polio vaccine are required for a child to be fully protected which could be sometimes more than ten,” he added.
He said that each additional dose further strengthens a child’s immunity level against polio, adding that parents who do not ensure vaccination of their children are risking health and lives of their own children as well as others around them. “As long as the virus is being detected anywhere in the country, no child is safe from being infected. —APP