Islamabad, November 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): Minister of State for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar conducted surprise visits in rural and slum areas of Islamabad Tuesday to monitor the polio vaccination drive.
During her visit, she went to various houses and met parents inquiring about vaccination of their children of fewer than 5 years of age.
According to details, the Minister Taramari chowk area and checked the presence of staff and polio teams. On this occasion, she directed concerned officials to ensure vaccination of every child. She later visited Tarlai, Panjgaran, Malkan area, Farash, Charah, Pind Galla and Sihala.
The Minister was accompanied by MNA, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, health officials and assistant commissioner Islamabad (rural), Shazia Qazi.
On this occasion, AC Islamabad, briefed the Minister about arrangements, security measures and other matters regarding polio vaccination drive.
Talking to parents in different areas, the Minister said that Polio teams are responsible to ensure vaccination of every child in the area and there would be no tolerance in regard tpo immunization coverage.
She personally checked marks on the fingers of children who were said to have been vaccinated. She also checked markings on various houses which were accessed by the polio teams.
Parents expressed satisfaction on polio vaccination campaign. The Minister also administered polio drops to children during the inspection visit.
Later talking to media, the Minister said that surprise visits would be conducted from time to time in different parts of the country to monitor performance of polio teams. She urged all stake holders, ulema, journalists and lady health workers to come forward in this campaign and play their due role in its success.
She said district health managers have been directed to properly manage the polio immunization drive following the set strategy. She added that the vaccine being used is the same as used in other parts of the world including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The Minister said the UN agencies, partners, donors, provincial governments, private sector and other stakeholders have been extended all possible support while available resources would be utilized to ensure the immunization of polio vaccine to every child.
She reiterated her determination to remove all bottlenecks and taking up the daunting challenge to administer polio drops to children all over the country.
The Minister also appreciated the efforts and performance of health workers, officers of the area where polio immunization drive was effectively carried out.
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