Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016
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3-day Anti Polio campaign in eight districts of Punjab will be launched; says Khawaja

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LAHORE: Khawaja Salman Rafique Advisor to Chief Minister on Health said on Friday that Punjab will hold polio campaign in eight districts from February 15 to 17, said here on Wednesday.

Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the campaign was part of the Sub National Immunization Day and will target selected eight districts including Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh,Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur (Tehsil Ahmed Pur East), deemed to be at greater risk to poliovirus transmission.

He said directives have been issued to these districts to complete the necessary arrangements adding that provincial EPI Program has made close coordination with these districts to ensure timely micro planning, mapping of high risk mobile population and vaccine supply.

On this occasion Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan said that the campaign would target 5,808,387children of below five years of age in 839 Union Councils of these districts.

Director General Health Services Punjab Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed said a total of 15121 teams would perform their duties in the campaign, which include 13030 mobile teams, 1290 fixed and 801 transit teams.

The DG Health further said the southern districts were being especially focused as part of larger central Pakistan strategy and coordination with districts of other provinces sharing border with Punjab is made for integrated efforts.

Director EPI Dr. Munir Ahmed requested parents to ensure their children get polio drops and maintained that parents may also take their children to fixed EPI center where staff is available to vaccinate for nine vaccine preventable diseases as well

“ In case of teams not visiting the area, parents can contact the helpline 0800 99000 during campaign days, he added.

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