Rawalpindi —A seminar on polio was held by the UNICEF with collaboration of Directorate Public Relations Punjab , Rawalpindi on Friday which was attended by the representatives from Health Department Punjab, WHO, UNICEF and local media. The Communication specialist from UNICEF Mrs. Ban Khalid, media officer Zeeshan Alvi, Bushra Ajmal, Wasif Mehmood and other experts presented their papers and presentations on polio situation in Pakistan.
UNICEF Communication Specialist Mrs. Ban Khalid along with other speakers disclosed that the work for polio vaccination to eradicate this disease is continued at Union Council level in rural areas which has provided very positive results and effects as most of the population and citizens have awareness of the significance of the polio vacation. She pointed out that the cases of refusal for to get administered polio vaccine to the children have dropped to a very considerable level and ratio.
She added that the teams of polio vaccination are administering polio drops to children under age of five years by visiting house to house and these teams are also creating awareness about significance of the polio vaccination among masses. Mrs. Ban Khalid added that UNICEF, WHO and Health Department are jointly endeavoring to achieve the goal of complete eradication of polio from Pakistan so as to make the country polio free by the end year 2016.
Other speakers including Zeeshan Alvi, Bushra Amjad and Wasif Mehmood addressing the seminar lauded the efforts of UNICEF, WHO, Punjab Government and specially Health Department Punjab for eradication of polio and said that masses are extending proactive cooperation during the polio campaign and presently about 40 thousand teams are engaged in polio campaign throughout Punjab while 127 polio workers teams are rendering services in Rawalpindi with their best dedication and commitment.
They said that Media and all means of mass communication can also help encouraging assistance and cooperation by creating awareness among masses about the importance of polio vaccination and the targets in this respect might be achieved with hundred percent success.