A five-day anti-polio vaccination campaign was started on Monday to vaccinate around 6.4 million children aged up to five years across the province.
According to the Health Department over 29,000 teams have been constituted to achieve this target and special emphasis would be laid on areas showing refusal cases besides ensuring strict implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) against coronavirus. A total 29,000 teams including 25,980 mobile teams, 1,909 fixed, 1,052 transit teams while 146 would be roaming teams for effective monitoring of the campaign. As many as 7,133 area in-charges have been deputed. Foolproof security measures have been adopted to provide security cover to the anti-polio workers.
Concerted efforts were needed to eliminate polio from society and everyone has to put his share in these endeavors, said an official of Health Department. With cogent efforts, he said, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would be a polio-free province. Foolproof security measures have been adopted to provide security cover to the anti-polio workers, he said.
Chief Secretary K-P, Dr Kazim Niaz said tangible steps were underway to wipe out polio virus in the province and the district administrations have been directed to utilize all available resources in this regard. He also urged upon the general public to vaccinate their children against polio to save them from the crippling disease and ensure a healthy society.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2021.