Nationwide Polio Eradication Drive Start From Monday In Lahore
Sumaira FH 8 days ago Fri 07th December 2018 | 08:50 PM
The fifth five-day polio eradication drive of the current year is set to start from Dec 10 across the country and 19.1 million under-five children would be administrated vaccine.
We have to take every step to eliminate the virus till the next year, 2019," said the minister in her message.
"Vaccinating every child was absolutely critical in order to ensure that no more children suffer from the incurable disease," she added.
Punjab's Emergency Operation Coordinator for Polio Eradication Dr Munir Ahmed said Pakistan was very close to getting rid of polio and keeping polio cases down to one in the last three years in Punjab was a great feat.
However, he warned that "finding positive environmental samples of polio in Rawalpindi and Lahore during the recent surveys indicate that children were still at risk from the crippling virus. We will not relax until polio was fully eliminated from the motherland," he resolved.
The provincial emergency operations centre has constituted over 48,000 teams, who will go door-to-door or stand at major crossings and fixed points to vaccinate over 19.1 million under-five children, he said.
The Emergency Operations Centre has activated the social media accounts and set up helpline to receive complaints regarding polio eradication campaign. "Parents may contact helpline 0800-99000 or post their comments at @PakFightsPolio and @polioeradicationinitiative, if polio teams do not turn up in their areas. Ahead of the campaign Dr Munir assured parents that polio vaccine was safe, efficacious, and approved by the government's drug regulatory authorities.
He emphasised the need for all children to be immunizedduring every round of immunization campaign days.