5,355,397 children to be vaccinated against polio in KP

PESHAWAR – As many as 5,355,397 children up to the age of five would be vaccinated against crippling polio disease from September 14-16 across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The information to this effect was disseminated at an orientation workshop arranged by Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) to brief media persons regarding their endeavors spearheaded under Polio Eradication Initiation program against crippling disease of polio. The workshop was arranged in with collaboration of United Nations International Children Emergency Fund. The workshop among media persons were also attended by EOC Coordinator, Akbar Khan, Technical Focal Person EOC, Imtiaz Ali Shah and Health Officer EOC, Dr Johar.

The participants were told that upcoming three-day National Immunisation Days (NID) campaign has been scheduled form September 14 in all the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa except Chitral where vaccination has been postponed owing to floods. The polio campaign is also deferred in Dir Upper and Lower due to by elections and would be rescheduled on September 16. It was said that a total of 5,355, 397 children would be targeted for which 3399 area Incharges, supported by 425 Lady Health Supervisors would visit 2,657, 779 households.

Media men were informed that 14,330 mobile, 1550 fixed, 728 transit and 107 teams with roaming duties have been constituted to achieve the targeted goal. Speaking on the occasion, EOC Coordinator Akbar Khan said that objective of the workshop was to share experiences, strategy and planning with media for inviting their positive suggestions and guidance on the subject matter.

He said that campaign has planned in low season area for deriving maximum results adding it was collective responsibility to join hands against polio and secure future of coming generations. Technical Officer EOC, Imtiaz Ali Shah said that mass immunisation campaigns were planned as it was very difficult to identity polio virus in infected person due to nonappearance of symptoms. It said that inaccessibility of far-flung areas was also a factor that was making task difficult however the prime objective can be achieved with proper planning and coordination, he said.

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