Over 33 million children, under the age of five years were administered anti-polio drops during the three-day immunisation campaign.
According to an official of the Expanded Program on Immunisation, the campaign activities were monitored by more than 91,000 vaccination teams and had 15,400 area and 2730 zonal supervisors.
The official said the main focus of the campaign was administering anti polio drops to children living in high risk areas, “Around 36 cases of polio have been reported this year with majority from FATA.”
He explained that the vaccine has been produced internationally and is approved by WHO. He assured that is both safe and effective and has been used in most of the world to eradicate polio including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
Commenting on the role of the UN agencies, partners, donor governments, the private sector and foundations, he said, they have been supportive in providing all available resources to make Pakistan a polio free region.
He said despite challenges, considerable progress has been made this year under the Emergency Action Plan for Polio, under which Chief Secretaries and DCOs (District Coordination Officers) will be responsible for polio eradication. “We will do our utmost to ensure that the emergency plan is implemented in real and not just on paper.
He said due to the sudden rise in polio cases, the Ministry of Health is determined to remove all bottlenecks and administer polio drops to children in every nook and corner of the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2011.
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