The Punjab government has adopted a comprehensive policy to eradicate polio from the province.
The strategy involves enhanced collaboration among the departments concerned and the donor agencies associated with child health.
A meeting was held in this regard at the Civil Secretariat on Tuesday. It was chaired by Chief Secretary Nasir Khosa. Administrative Secretaries and representatives of relevant departments attended the meeting. The meeting was told that National Emergency Action Plan had been chalked-out to interrupt transmission of polio virus by the end of 2011.
It was decided that the management and coordination of anti-polio campaigns needed to be strengthened at the district level. The DCOs were directed therefore to review all preparations before the launch of the campaigns and coordinate their efforts with medical officers, elected representatives and technical staff of the partner organisations.
The chief secretary said that vaccination should also reach the migrant population. He ordered accurate mapping of all nomad’s settlements. He said special plans will be devised for vaccination coverage in high-risk populations like children of brick kiln workers, construction workers and nomads.
He directed that Education, Revenue, Auqaaf, Social Welfare and Police departments render full cooperation to the campaign so that no child under five may be left without vaccination.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2011.