Anti-polio Drive To Continue In Punjab From Oct 26 To 31
The anti-polio campaign will continue in Punjab from October 26 to 31 to immunize as many as 19.4 million children up to the age of five years
LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Oct, 2020 ) :The anti-polio campaign will continue in Punjab from October 26 to 31 to immunize as many as 19.4 million children up to the age of five years.
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid to review the arrangements for the anti-polio campaign, here on Thursday.
The Health Minister said that collective and concerted efforts were needed to eradicate polio from the country. She said that along with the campaign against polio, special attention should be paid to improve Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) coverage.
She further said that exact data on birth registration would have to be collected to know the actual number of zero dose children (term used for children who did not get even a single dose of polio vaccine).
Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik directed the deputy commissioners to personally monitor the anti-polio campaign in the districts and keep a regular check on the situation, adding that any negligence would not be tolerated at all.
He said that new polio cases in the province and the presence of the virus in the environmental samples was a matter of concern.
The chief secretary also asked the officers to ensure 100 percent coverage in the anti-polio campaign through implementation of the updated micro plan. He said that in order to eradicate polio, it was necessary to work with national spirit and all relevant departments should play an active role in controlling this deadly disease in collaboration with international organizations.
The divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and chief executive officers of district health authorities participated through video link.