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ISLAMABAD: A 3-day anti-polio campaign began across the country on Monday (today) to administer anti-polio and Vitamin-A drops to children under five years of age.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday.
Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams.
The anti-polio drive is likely to be administered in all six districts of Karachi, addressing 2.3 million children under five years of age who’ll be provided with polio drops along with Vitamin-A supplement.
The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC).
The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.
In Punjab, over 45, 000 teams have been constituted for the 3-day campaign.
Likewise, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than 6.6 million children will be administered anti-polio drops during the three-day campaign.
In Balochistan, nearly 9, 000 mobile teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio and Vitamin-A drops to 2.5 million children during the 3-day campaign.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, over 711,000 children will be administered anti-polio vaccine and Vitamin-A drops during the anti-polio campaign.
The Commissioner said that there is great need to work for improvement of micro plan and communication strategy.
He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all out efforts to make the campaign result oriented.
He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life.
The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to schoolgoing children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease.