National Polio eradication drive successfully continues in AJK:

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Altaf Hamid Rao.
MIRPUR (AJK),   (Parliament Times) :   Following adequate arrangements amidst conducive environment, the nation-wide 05-day polio eradication campaign successfully continued the second successive on Tuesday across Azad Jammu Kashmir including the Kashmiri expatriates lake district of Mirpur.
At least seven lakh of children under 05 years of age are targeted to be immunized with the polio vaccine and vitamin-A drops during the five-day drive across Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Like rest of Azad Jammu Kashmir,  a total of 68025 children under five years of age would be administered anti-polio vaccine during the 5-day nation-wide campaign in Mirpur district  launched  across AJK on Monday, District Health Authorities said.
The campaign  was launched across AJK by the State  Health Services Deptt. with the coordination of of the World Health Organization (WHO),   disclosed  Mirpur  District Health Officer, Dr. Fida Hussain while talking to APP here on Tuesday  unveiling the salient features of  the  immunization campaign against polio in the district.
 Dr. Fida told  that no case of polio disease has emerged any where in Azad Jammu & Kashmir since over last two decades.
 The DHO  said that  Mirpur district was comprising the total population of 4,38,319 persons which included over 68 thousand  children of under five years of age.
The district, he said,  has been remarked  into four zones with the induction of one  supervisor in each zone to implement the drive/
 “One  ward Incharge will supervise the campaign in the concerned specified area falling in each Union Council in the district.”, he said dding that  a total of 55 Union Councils / Ward Incharges will look after the campaign in all 55 union councils in  the district.
Elaborating the district-wise anti-polio drive, Dr. Fida Hussain further said that a total of 228 mobile teams of paramedical staff involving over 400 para-medical workers have been constituted and 33 fixed centers have been set up in the district to immunize the children with the anti-polio vaccine.
The mobile teams, he said, will visit door to door by strictly acting upon the already devised SOPs in view of the still prevailing but controlled COVID-19 in the state,  to administer anti-polio drops to children under five years of age.
Dr. Fida  pointed out that in view of the  apprehensions of the re-emerging of the novel-corona virus no any  transit point  has been  set up this time of the anti-polio drive in AJK including  Mirpur district.
 “Only the mobile teams will visit door to door   to feed the children with the anti-polio vaccine during the campaign”, he said.
 At least four thousand vials of the anti-polio vaccine and vitamin ‘A’ drops have been managed for the vaccination during the campaign, he added.
The DHO advised  the parents to cooperate the visiting mobile paramedic teams to make the national anti-polio campaign complete success.
Identical arrangements have also been made in other both Kotli and Bhimbher districts of Mirpur division for the immunization of children up to five years of age during the drive.