ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq monitored the ongoing anti-polio campaign in high risk union councils of Rawalpindi.
She visited sewerage sample collection sites and enquired about drainage areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Senator Farooq accompanied a team of lady health workers and went door-to-door with them.
She interacted with parents and urged them to encourage people of their communities to get their children immunised against the crippling disease.
Later, the Senator visited fixed vaccination sites and monitored work of mobile teams. She also visited private clinics to observe vaccination status of children. The Senator was told that significant portion of high risk Afghan population was residing in areas of Rawalpindi from where poliovirus was detected in the sewerage.
In spite of repeated campaigns, the risk of poliovirus persists in these areas because a large number of migrant Afghan population. She paid rich tributes to frontline workers of anti-polio drive for their hard work in noble mission.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2017.