Girl Guides ready to join hands with polio teams

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan Girl Guides Association (PGGA) have pledged to promote Immunization across Pakistan and for that purpose they have vowed to join hands with the polio eradication teams anywhere in the country. This reassuring pledge was the highlight of their meeting with Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication here on Thursday.
Joining the brave polio teams mostly lady health workers is a matter of honour for them. The selfless lady health workers need the support from all parts of the country, and for that purpose they said they would be happy to work together with them to encourage and motivate them.
Prime Minister’s Focal Person appreciated the motivation of the Pakistan Girl Guides Association. She had in fact given a reception in honour of the PGGA delegation that visited National Emergency Operations Centre.
The centre’s senior official Dr Rana Muhamamd Safdar briefed the members of the delegation on the mode of transmission of polio virus and repercussions of not being polio free. Stressing on the importance of the Immunization, he informed the participants that vaccination was the top public health achievement of the 20th Century. Giving the global context of the immunization, he mentioned that about 30 Million children still do not have access to basic immunization services and almost 3 million die each year from Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
“Before launch of eradication efforts, Polio used to infect 350,000 children globally every year”, said Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar in his presentation. He further highlighted that reaching and vaccinating every child in each round is the only way to win this war against the virus and vaccinating child multiple times adds to his/her immunity and also protects Earlier, the PGGA delegation comprised of trainers from across the country was briefed on the scale of efforts for Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization in the country.
The delegation also visited Federal Expanded Program on Immunization and National Emergency Operations Centre and witnessed state of the art vaccine storage mechanism of the country.

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