Extra efforts imperative to keep Islamabad polio free: Ayesha

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Staff Reporter

Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq on Thursday urged polio vaccination teams that no stone should be left unturned to keep federal capital a polio free city.
She was speaking to the Area Incharge and Polio team members during her surprise monitoring visits in Islamabad slums today. She interacted with the programme staff in the field and had critical look at their micro plans, route maps and records of covered and missed children.
Earlier, the overall progress of the January’s nationwide campaign was reviewed at the meeting.
She was informed that of the targeted 37.3 million children, 31.8 million children have been vaccinated in first three campaign days as the campaign had to be delayed to January 23 in 19 out of 30 districts in Balochistan, Khyber Agency, and selected snow bound Union Councils of few districts in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and FATA.
The campaign was also stopped for one day in Larkana, Kambar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad due to rain and has been extended for 1-2 days on request of the respective district Polio Control Rooms.
Appreciating work of all provincial and district teams on overcoming weather challenges, Senator Ayesha urged reinvigorated efforts during final push against the crippling virus.
The meeting deliberated on activities underway to respond to the positive environmental samples from Quetta block. With the progress in core reservoirs of Karachi and Khyber-Peshawar, the current challenges in Quetta block need to be urgently addressed to achieve our cherished goal, Ayesha reiterated.
In Islamabad, of the 301,286 targeted children, a total of 187,539 children (62%) were reported vaccinated during two days of the rain affected campaign.
Senator Ayesha urged the health department to focus on selection and training of appropriate area incharges and team members to reach each child during every campaign.

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