Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria remain stalwart by ill-health
More than seven million children will be inoculated during the anti-polio unit that will begin in 12 sensitive districts on Monday (morning).
This was stated during a Saturday meeting chaired by Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid to finalize preparations for work. In addition, it has been revealed that more than 18,000 teams from the health department will participate in the door-to-door campaign.
Sensitive districts include Lahore, Sheikhupura, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Layyah, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Attock.
"It was a major concern for all participants when the environmental samples of Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rawalpindi were positive for the polio virus. We decided to accelerate polio in selected areas," said the minister.
She urged parents to have their children vaccinated during the five-day campaign. "Multiple doses are necessary for a child to be really safe against polio. Parents who do not say that their child is vaccinated risk the lives of all their children," said Rashid.
Polio cases were not reported in 2016. However, in 2017, a four-month-old boy from Lodhran proved to be positive for polio. At present, Punjab remains polio due to eradication units that occur frequently in the province. Globally, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are three countries that are still trapped by disabling disease.
The general health director of Punjab, Dr. Munir Ahmed stressed the need for all children to be immunized during each campaign. "While the virus is detected from anywhere in the country, no child is safe," he said.
He stressed the need to inform suggestions and complaints. Ahmed reiterated his decision to interrupt the virus transmission in the current season and assured the citizens that the polio vaccine is safe, effective and has been approved by the regulatory authority of the government medication.
Deputy Commissioner Mudassar Riaz inaugurated a seven-day anti-slip deal by administering drops to a child at Shahbaz Sharif hospital on Saturday.
The disc will begin formally from November 12 (morning). During the campaign, 0.4 million children in 66 union councils will be inoculated, he said. More than 1,100 teams from the health department will administer falls to children under five during door-to-door driving, said Deputy Commissioner.
A strict strategy will be applied against parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. He stated that the medications were being provided without discrimination in all public hospitals, adding that there was no shortage of medications.
He revealed that a door-to-door senior consultant service was also being initiated overnight at hospitals. The Health Counselor, Dr. Munawar Hassan, informed the Deputy Commissioner.
* Additional input from APP