Islamabad: There was a need for a sustained effort extending beyond the 3 day campaigns to wipe out polio from the country. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani while addressing polio vaccination ceremony organized by the Directorate of Health Services, Capital Development Authority, Islamabad.
The Minister said that there must be an effort year round to combat the manners and we need to strengthen our routine immunization structure to ensure that every child born in the country receives the required doses of polio vaccine.
“I believe in reality” to mark the Minister saying that he was not interested in coverage statistics as long as polio cases were being reported. I will be happy only when there is not even a single case of polio in Pakistan remarked the Minister.
It is question of our prestige in the comity of nation said the Minister adding that Pakistan was in an unenviable position being among the last few countries of the world still harbouring the polio virus. The polio campaign remains the highest priority of the Government in public health and now new vigour and determination has been added in to the campaign.
We should accept our short comings, identify the loop holes and forge ahead with determination to meet the challenge. Terming it as a personal cause, the Minister asked for a monthly evaluation report of the campaign from the officials concerned.
On this occasion, the National Programme Manager, Expanded Programme on Immunization, Pakistan, Dr. Zahid Larik gave a detailed briefing of the arrangements made all over the country to ensure that every child is reached during the 3 day campaign from 30th January to 1st February, 2012.
Over 33.4 Million children under the age of 5 years are targeted to be covered during the current round informed Dr. Larik adding that special teams have been constituted to cover children at transit points all over the country including borders crossing with Afghanistan. All Toll Plazas on Country’s Motorways and Highways have been declared special polio points to vaccinate children travelling during the campaign.
Earlier, Senior Director Health Services, Dr. Hassan Orooj gave an overview of the polio campaign in Islamabad. He said over 373 teams have been constituted to cover all areas including slums and katchi abadis. 52 special teams have been stationed at entry and exit point in to the Federal Capital, Dr. Orooj informed.
The ceremony concluded with administration of polio drops to children by the Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Co-ordination, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani.
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