80,000 children in Karachi not administered polio drops

CM said he hopes that no polio case will be reported this year


Our Correspondent May 19, 2017
Even though no polio case has been reported in Karachi in the last five months, as many as 80,000 children in the provincial capital have not been administered polio drops. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Even though no polio case has been reported in Karachi in the last five months, as many as 80,000 children in the provincial capital have not been administered polio drops.

This information was disclosed in the provincial polio eradication task force meeting presided over by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday.

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The children did not receive drops because either the parents refused polio immunisation or they were not present when the teams visited their houses. The CM directed the task force to take appropriate measures to ensure that every child in the city is administered polio drops. The CM said he hopes that no polio case will be reported this year.

Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, MNA Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, Sindh IG Allah Dino Khawaja and Polio Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator Fayaz Jatoi also attended the meeting along with representatives of the federal government, Unicef and WHO.

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