Karachi (September 17, 2021)
An anti-polio campaign is being launched in Sindh from Monday, September 20. In the seven-day campaign, 9.4 million children in 30 districts of the province will be vaccinated against poliovirus. Regarding the polio campaign, a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Polio Eradication was held at the Sindh Secretariat under the chairmanship of Provincial Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho and Acting Chief Secretary Sindh Qazi Shahid Pervez.
Before the meeting, the honorable Minister for Health and Acting Chief Secretary inaugurated the campaign. The meeting was attended by all the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, PPHI, WHO, EOC representatives, and other officials.
It was informed in the meeting by the health department that the concerned authorities have held meetings in 30 districts of the province regarding the polio campaign and the training of polio workers has been completed. It was informed in the meeting that 74435 polio workers would be part of the campaign. It was further informed in the meeting that polio vaccine and vitamin A drops would also be given in the September campaign.
The provincial minister said that there was a need to keep an eye on the negative news on social media regarding the polio campaign. The provincial Health Minister said that the role of social mobilizers and influencers should be made more effective to persuade parents who earlier refused polio drops. Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho has said that the significant reduction in poliovirus cases in the country is a great achievement but the campaign starting from September 20 should focus on high-risk USCs.
Acting Chief Secretary Qazi Shahid Pervez directed the commissioners to run the polio campaign in full swing. He said that 100 percent of targets set by the polio campaign should be achieved. He directed all the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to further improve the performance of the polio campaign. Qazi Shahid Pervez said that people should cooperate with polio workers and vaccinate children up to five years of age against polio. He also directed authorities of the Home Department should ensure security arrangements during the polio campaign.
Representatives of WHO and the National Emergency Operations Center (EOC) who participated in the meeting through video link appreciated the performance of the Sindh government regarding the polio campaign and assured full cooperation.