Anti polio drive gets underway

ZHOB: Provincial Secretary Transport Saleem Awan and Chief Engineer Irrigation Sadiq Ali inaugurated the 3-day anti-polio campaign by administering anti-polio drops to children under five at DHQ hospital here on Monday. The drive started on Dec 23rd which would continue till Dec 25th, 2013.

Deputy Commissioner Wali Muhammad Barech, ADC Taj Muhammad Hariphal, AC Asghar Ali, WHO Representative Dr. Farooq, DHO Dr. Muhammad Shah, XEN Irrigation Karim Loni, Dr. Bayazeed Mandokhail, Dr. Amir Muhammad and media persons were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons they said, “Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. We would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate the menace of polio from the society. It is responsibility of parents to immunize their children under five and avoid to misgiving anti-polio drops in every immunization campaign.” They said.

Secretary also urged the officials of the line departments to make all out efforts for eradication of polio from the District.

EPI Coordinator Dr. Zain ud Din and Dr. Akhter Mandokhail while briefing on outline plan of polio campaign, said that the Health department teams would visit door to door to administer polio drops to children against the fatal disease in every nook and corner of the district. They said.

They further said that they have a target of 54000 children for administering anti polio vaccines. In this regard total 138 mobile teams have been constituted, 41 special centers, 5 transit points on Quetta Road, Dera Ismail Khan Road, Murgha Kibzai Road and Waziristan Road and 3 border points have been established in the district to administer polio drops to children in 22 UCs of the district.

Secretary and Chief Engineer said that the educated segments of the society should play their role and should coordinate with the health teams to vaccinate children below the age of five against the polio disease, adding that notables, media persons and religious scholars should sensitize the parents about the crippling nature of the disease, they added.

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