On the first day of the national anti-polio drive, 36,483 children were immunised in the capital out of the total targeted figure of 38, 803.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) Health Services Director Dr Hasan Urooj, while briefing the newly-appointed secretary health Ayub Ahmed Sheikh, said so far 129 parental refusals were reported while 2,560 children were not present in their homes, informed a press release.
“All efforts will be made to cover the remaining children during the catch-up activity on the fourth day of the campaign,” he said.
Urooj further said that for carrying out the anti-polio drive, Islamabad is being divided in to 16 zones which are further divided into 88 sectors for which 408 mobile teams have been mobilized. Moreover, Budhara, Jhangi Syeda, I-11 Katchi Abadi, Mera Abadi, Sarae Kharbooza and Tarnol, and some urban slums, were termed high-risk zones by the official.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2014.
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