Five-day national polio-eradication campaign begins in AJK

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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 have been targeted to be administered the Polio vaccine during the campaign across the State.

Official sources told this Correspondent here on Monday that only in AJK’s metropolis – Muzaffarabad, over 1.20 children up to five years of would be administered the anti-Polio vaccines and vitamin ‘A’ drops during the drive, to be continued till December 17 with out any pause.

At least 500 mobile teams of para medical staff have been constituted to visit door to door to administer the anti polio vaccine during the campaign in the capital district – where 70 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 35 zones have been demarcated for conducting door to door drive under the supervision of 124 area in charges, the sources said.

The state health department’s Polio Eradication Committee have 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 5000 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 had been no any case of polio disease to any child detected in any part of Azad Jammu & Kashmir during over last 21 years.