Polio drive continues in high-risk areas of city

December 18, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Deputy Project Manager Expended Programme on Immunization (EPI) Sindh Dr Durrey Naz on Wednesday said polio campaign is continued in all high-risk Union Councils (UC) of Karachi.

She told PPI here that 0.8 to 1 million children would be administrated polio vaccine in four-day special anti-polio eradication campaign in high-risk UCs of metropolis. She said campaign has been launched in Gadap, Baldia, North Nazimabad and Keamari town areas.

She said provincial government has assigned a police cop with each polio team to avoid any untoward situation. She said polio eradication campaign will continue till 19th of December and focus primarily on the Gadap Town area.

She said all children under five years of age must be vaccinated at all costs and we should speed up efforts to ensure a positive result during this particular campaign. She stressed the need to provide complete police security to the polio drive teams in order to make successful campaign in high risk areas of city.

According to the data obtained from Additional Secretary Health Sindh a total 75 polio cases have been reported across the Pakistan since January 2013 so far out of which 07 cases were reported in Sindh, 06 in Punjab, 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 52 cases detected in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

As per data of year-wise polio cases reported in Sindh province, 07 cases were reported in 2013, 04 in 2012, 33 in 2011, 27 in 2010, 12 in 2009, 18 in 2008, 12 in 2007, 12 in 2006 and 5 in 2005.