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Polio immunization drive kicked-off to vaccinate 68000 children

Rafiullah Mandokhail,

ZHOB: A three-day anti-polio campaign kicked-off at the historic Castle here on Monday to vaccinate over 68000 children including nomadic population. The three-day drive would be continued in the 30 union councils of the district – falls in the route of Afghan nomads till April 25th, 2019 followed by a catch-up day.

Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Baloch inaugurated the drive by administering anti-polio drops to children. Coordinator WHO Dr. Shahbaz, DHO Dr. Muzzafar Shah, N-Stop Officer and Technical Advisor to DC Dr. Muhammad Amin and Union Council Monitoring Officer Qasim Mandokhail were also present of the occasion.

Baloch termed the drive a noble cause and stressed upon the need of zero tolerance during the campaign to eradicate the crippling disease.

“Negligence on the part of officials will not be tolerated at all. Those officials and health workers showing leniency would face strict action,” He warned.

We need to make sure that each and every child below five years of age is vaccinated against the crippling disease. DC added.

N-Stop Officer Dr. Muhammad Amin said that total 68310 children would be administered anti-polio drops and a dose of vitamin-A supplement, adding total 195 mobile teams have been constituted, while 48 fixed centers, 7 transit and one border points have been established in the district to administer polio drops to children. He added.

It is worth mentioning that Zhob falls in the international route of Afghan nomads pass here twice every year. They (High Risk Mobile Population) are considered to be the biggest carriers of poliovirus.

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