Twin cities administrations to work together on Polio drive

Mayor urges special focus on areas on administrative boundaries of Pindi, Islamabad

Our Correspondent November 01, 2018
Health workers arrive at a railway station to administer polio vaccine drops to children during a vaccination campaign in Karachi on Sept 24, 2018. PHOTO:AFP

ISLAMABAD: The civic authorities and district administrations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will work in cohesion to cover the population in their border areas during the upcoming polio vaccination drive starting November 12, said Islamabad Mayor Anser Aziz.

He was chairing the federal government’s task force for eradication of polio in Islamabad and Rawalpindi coordination committee meeting at Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation of (IMC) headquarters on Wednesday.

The session was attended by director health services (MCI), director general health Punjab, additional deputy commissioner general Islamabad, WHO representatives, district health officer Islamabad and district administration officers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Recommendations to improve the strategy against total eradication of polio in the twin cities were discussed at the meeting. Mayor Aziz termed eradication of polio as collective responsibility of the nation.

“The administrations of Islamabad and Rawalpindi must work together so that we can save our generation from the highly infectious and crippling disease,” he said.

Aziz said that the border between the twin cities is home to population of 33 union councils which must be taken care of jointly by Rawalpindi and Islamabad administrations.

He further said that the population of Islamabad has crossed two million mark which called for administrative division of the city into various units so that designated polio teams can be deployed for each region and polio vaccine drops could be properly administered to every child.

The mayor reviewed the arrangements for the upcoming polio starting from November 12 and said that the administrations of the twin cities should take the initiative as a challenge. The metropolitan corporation would ensure provision of manpower, vehicles and other resources for the upcoming anti-polio drive, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2018.


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