5-day nation-wide polio-eradication campaign begins in AJK


Altaf Hamid Rao.

MIRPUR (AJK),  (Parliament Times) :   Like rest of the country, 05 days integrated nation-wide anti-polio drive also began in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Monday – during which over 7.11 lakh children under 5 years of age are targeted to be administered the Polio vaccine besides Vitamin ‘A’ drops throughout the State:

Official sources told our special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao here on Monday that only in AJK’s metropolis – Muzaffarabad, a total of 1,10,137 children up to five years of would be be administered the anti-Polio vaccines and Vitamin ‘A’ drops/ during the drive, to be continued till October 30 with out any pause.

A total of 438 mobile teams of para medical staff have been constituted to visit door to door to administer the anti polio vaccine and vitamin ‘A’ drop during the campaign in the capital district – where 63 fixed centers have also been set up by the State Polio Eradication Committee of the AJK State Health Services Department.

The fixed centers have been set up at the state-run hospitals, basic health units, rural health centers as well as various other spots to vaccinate the children with the anti-polio drops.

A total of 31 zones have been demarcated for conducting door to door drive under the supervision of 114 area in charges, the sources said.

The state health department’s Polio Eradication Committee had made adequate arrangement to executive the polio-eradication campaign in a befitting manner.

Parents have been advised to fully cooperate the mobile teams by getting their children administered with the polio-vaccine by the mobile paramedical staff teams.

The total staff to be involved in the drive include mobile teams comprising over 4500 workers for visiting door to door to immunize the children of and under 5 years of age during the campaign throughout Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

It may be added that the state health authorities claimed that there no any case of polio disease to any child detected in any part of Azad Jammu & Kashmir during over last 21 years.