Govt to stop WPV virus by June


Staff Reporter


Coordinator Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Basit has said that despite all odds and challenges provincial government was fully committed to stop circulation of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in the environment by mid -2020 through effective communications and operational strategies.
In a press statement issued here Friday, Abdul Basit said that 99 percent coverage of the target children in the December round of anti-polio drive speaks volume of the commitment and ownership of the government and dedication of the front line workers. A total of 6,648,490 children were immunized against polio against the target of 6,747,119 children in the December campaign making it 99 percent coverage of the target children, he added.
Giving comparative analysis of the National Immunization Drivers (NIDs) in 2019, Abdul Basit said that gradual increase in the coverage 91 percent in August and 99 percent in December is indicating focused interventions by government and global partners that led to addressing the issues and fixing gaps.
He said that District Polio Control Rooms (DPCRs) led by Deputy Commissioner and health department officials under the umbrella of Emergency Operations Center have been strengthened and given authority to take on spot decisions.