5-Day National Polio Eradication campaign in AJK begins today


Altaf Hamid Rao

MIRPUR (AJK): (Daily Parliament times) Like across Pakistan, all is set to launch the 05-day nation-wide polio-eradication  drive in Azad Jammu & Kashmir from Monday – November 30, official sources said. The campaign will continue till December 04, without any break. At least  0.70 million (07 lakh) under 5 years of aged-children have been  targeted to be administered the polio vaccine, the State Health Authorities said when contacted by this Correspondent  here on Sunday. Only in AJK’s  capital town  –  Muzaffarabad, the target of 1,10,137 children up to five years of  age,  was set to be administered the  anti-Polio vaccines and Vitamin -drops and for this purpose 438 mobile teams have been constituted and 63 fixed sites have been set up by the State Polio Eradication Committee.  A total of 31 zones have been demarcated for conducting door to door drive under the supervision of 114 area in charges. The state health department’s  Polio Eradication Committee had made adequate arrangement to executive the polio-eradication campaign in a befitting manner. The integrated 05-day  campaign will continue till December 04 without any pause. Devised SOPs to avert any harm of the pandemic, especially fastening mask and using sanitizer will be strictly implemented by both mobile teams para-medical teams and the parents during the five-day nation-wide campaign. 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 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. The total staff to be  involved in the drive including  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


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