A special eight-day polio vaccination campaign will commence in the garrison city from June 8. The District Health Department will introduce the injectable polio vaccine (IPV) in high-risk areas of Rawalpindi District, said EDO (Health) Dr Nasir Mehmood.
He informed that all the arrangements for the vaccination campaign have been finalised. Sharing details, he said under the drive, health teams would visit a total of 28 high-risk union councils (UCs) of the district including 13 of the city, five of cantonment, six of tehsil Taxila and four in the rural areas of Rawalpindi.
The EDO said IPV was a more effective form of immunisation as it enhanced the body’s immune system to fight the crippling disease at least for a year and the practice was being implemented on the recommendation of the WHO.
He said 170 mobile and 48 fixed teams have been deputed to administer the polio vaccine to 64,449 children under two years of age throughout the district.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2015.