Anti-polio campaign: ‘remaining kids being paid attention’

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday said the remaining children in sensitive union councils were being paid attention in anti-polio campaign. In recent round of the campaign, 215,913 children have been vaccinated.

“The recent round of the campaign was started on 11th May. A target of vaccinating 226,367 children was set,” he said this while addressing a meeting at his office to review anti-polio campaign. A report on the performance of recent round was presented to the commissioner.

Ninety-five percent target has been achieved in the recent round. On the directive of chief minister Sindh, the campaign was started in cooperation with World Health Organisation and Unicef in 11 sensitive union councils where polio cases were found.

Meanwhile, three union councils have been declared polio-free in an environmental report prepared recently and now anti-polio campaign was being implemented in only eight union councils. The sensitive union councils are Muslimabad, Gujro, Islamia Colony, Muzaffarabad, Manghopir, Ittehad Town, Chishti Nagar and Songal.

The commissioner said coordination with communities should be strengthened for vaccinating the remaining children.

“We all are struggling to eradicate polio from our country to save our kids and provide them a healthy life. The campaign launched in sensitive areas against polio would help achieve this mission,” he said.

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