Anti-polio drive to kick off from Sept 26

September 21, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: A three-day anti-polio campaign would start from 29 September 2014 in district Central to administer anti-polio drops to more than 0.3 million children under-five years of age. Twelve union councils have been declared high-risk in the district.

This was informed by Deputy Commissioner Central Dr Syed Saifur Rehman, while presiding over a meeting of District Polio Monitoring Committee at his office here on Monday. The meeting was attended by the representatives of World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Rangers, police, town health officials, supervisors and other relevant officials.

He said it would be a first well-coordinated and comprehensive campaign after lapse of six months as previous campaigns were disturbed due to law and order situation in this period. He said special attention was being paid to 12 high-risk UCs in the district.

He said total number of targeted population of under five children is 370,842 in whole district who would be administered drops to prevent them from polio.

Dr Saif assured that complete security would be ensured to all polio teams numbering more than 1150. All other preparations have been finalized and doses of vaccine were also provided.

“We are trying our best to convince parents to get their all children of this age administered polio drops and Vitamin-A dose.” Percentage of refusal in the district is 2.7 that included few posh localities and most of families belong to Pushtoon and Gujrati communities.

He said all efforts were being made to address the issue and situation was improving fast,” he maintained. He said help was also being sought from religious scholars.

Earlier, representative of WHO Dr Faizan presented performance and monitoring report of Gulberg, North Karachi, Liaquatabad and North Nazimabad towns. He stressed the need to put more emphasis on refusal cases and get parents convinced apart from improved monitoring by polio supervisors.

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