Anti-polio campaign launched to reach the missing children in 9 districts
By Ashrafuddin Pirzada
LANDIKOTAL: In response to the polio cases raised to 64 so far in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Emergency Operations Center of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (EOC) launched a four-day anti-polio campaign in nine districts today(Monday).
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa polio eradicating office spokesman Aqeel Yusufzai said that the anti-polio campaign would start on November 18, 2019, and will be continued till Thursday, November 21, 2019, It said that the campaign would be followed by a catch-up of missed children on the fifth day in District Torghar, Kohistan Upper, Kohistan Lower, Kolae Palas, Shangla, Battagram, Abbottabad, Mansehra and Haripur.
Polio main Khyber Pakhtunkhwa office spokesman Aqeel told this scribe that In the entire mentioned nine districts they would vaccinate a total of 1089664 children below the age of 5 years. He said 4800 teams comprising 4162 mobile teams, 427 fixed teams, 182 transit teams and 33 roaming teams have been constituted.
He said the anti-polio campaign is focused on reaching and vaccinating every child for stopping the transmission of viruses and outbreaks in the region.
Urging to cooperate with the polio teams the EOC Coordinator Abdul Basit said that continuous support of parents and caregivers is vital in the upcoming anti-polio vaccination campaigns to curb poliovirus transmission and outbreaks.
He said parents and caregivers should rest assured that the anti-polio vaccine was the safest vaccine. Vaccination of every child contributes to overall and sustained efforts to fail virus transmission and its eradication.
The health official said everyone should cooperate with polio workers when they knock on their door and ensure administering polio drops to their children.
He said anti-polio drops build the immunity of your children against poliovirus so save every child from paralysis even if it needs you to go to a nearby health facility or centre for vaccinating your children.
So far this year district Torghar reported seven polio cases, and district Shangla reported one polio case in 2019 which rises polio cases to 64 in 2019.
He said extensive measures have been taken to revamp program operational and communication efforts and vaccinate missed children in a recent couple of months.