‘No laxity in polio eradication’

Staff Reporter

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique Tuesday reviewed the implementation status of national emergency action plan for polio eradication in the provincial emergency operation center (EOC) at the Directorate General Health Services.
Punjab EOC Coordinator Dr Munir Ahmed gave detailed briefing and said 36 permanent transit points were operational with dedicated staff working 24 hours to vaccinate children coming from other provinces.
Khawaja Salman said that Punjab EPI team must start homework for introduction of Rubella vaccine in routine immunization by 2018-19. He emphasized the need to strengthen vaccination at inter-provincial borders. He added that the preparatory work on Rubella vaccine must be completed this year.
He also reviewed progress on introduction of Rota Virus vaccine being introduced in Punjab’s six districts from next month and the validation status of Mother and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) elimination in Punjab. A high level delegation from WHO and UNICEF will visit Punjab next month to validate Punjab request for MNT elimination status.
Khawaja Salman Rafique analyzed list of Punjab’s weak union councils assuring a follow up with districts as well as personal visits. He said Punjab could not afford laxity in this regard and assured support in resolution of administrative logjams.
Meanwhile, it is reported that a three-day anti polio drive would commence in the district from September 7 to 10.
During the campaign, 1950 polio teams would go door-to-door and administer polio drops to 811,798 children less than five years of age.
Executive District Officer EDO Health Dr Arshad Ali Sabir told APP here on Tuesday.
“We have taken special measures to further strengthen the campaign.” He added that senior staff of the district health department would monitor the working of the teams. Special counters would be set up at public parks, railway stations, bus stands, wagon stands, airport and other transit points to administer anti-polio drops to the children so that no child of five year could remain unattended, he added.
He said that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated. Dr. Arshad said the district health department was striving for making Rawalpindi district polio-free.—APP

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