Effective campaigning has significantly helped prevent polio in Swat valley as no cases have been registered so far this year.
National Institute of Research and Development Foundation (NIRDF) Chairman Jalaluddin stated this while addressing a press conference at the Swat Press Club on Thursday.
Despite challenges, an anti-polio campaign is being conducted successfully across the valley, said Jalaluddin, as people who were sceptical about polio vaccination have started inoculating their children.
“Willingness of the hard-line segment to get their children vaccinated, who, at first, considered it illegal, is indeed good news,” he said.
The aim is to make Pakistan a polio-free country and every platform and channel is being used to achieve that objective, the NIRDF chairman said.
“We have hired the services of the ulama throughout the country, and with their help, convincing hard-line parents to get their children inoculated has become easy.”
He urged people from all walks of life – especially social activists, ulema, and civil society members – to come forward and become part of polio campaigns run by the health department.
“For a secure future, it is our responsibility to immunise all children in the country against the crippling disease,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2012.