Anti-polio drops drive to commence from 16th

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A five-day campaign in Rawalpindi district to administrator anti-polio drops to over 797,683 children will start from March 16, 2015.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi has directed the authorities concerned to provide security to anti-polio workers. He said that negligence on part of the vaccination teams will not be tolerated at any cost and strict action will be taken against the officials concerned. He said the plan formulated in this regard by the Health Department should be implemented in letter and spirit to meet the target.

He said strict monitoring of the campaign should be conducted and work done by all mobile teams should be checked properly. The DCO directed the Health Officers to ensure their presence in the field so that the required results could be achieved, making the district polio free. He urged the parents to come forward and play their role for the elimination of the crippling disease.

According to a health department representative, a comprehensive strategy has been devised for effective monitoring of the campaign. He appealed to parents to cooperate with the mobile teams. During the campaign, 1,696 teams would go door-to-door and administer anti-polio drops to children less than five years of age.

Teams would also be deployed at 111 transit points to vaccinate children. He said, officials concerned have been directed to make all out efforts so that the campaign could be made a success.