Over fifty per cent target achieved in anti-polio drive


RAWALPINDI: The five-day anti-polio campaign that started in the entire district on February 13 has achieved over 50 per cent target while the remaining would be met till Saturday.

Talking to APP, District Polio Incharge Muhammad Hussain said more than 50 per cent target has been achieved, admitting that the children missed immunisation for certain reasons like being out of the city or not present at home etc.

Under the drive, he said that over 430,000 children have so far administered the polio vaccine while the set target to administer polio drops to 840,000 children would be achieved till February 17.

He informed that during the campaign, 2,739 polio teams including 2,333 mobile teams, 287 fixed points, 119 transit points, 221 union council medical officers, and 496 area in-charges were operating in the district to complete the task of vaccination.

Hussain said that polio is a national issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country polio-free.

He said that with the coordinated efforts of the government and World Health Organisation (WHO), polio workers have been trained to accomplish the target set of vaccinating 840,000 children below five years of age.

He urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role for the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with special teams so that the set target could be achieved,” he added.