Anti-polio campaign in Rawalpindi to be launched with new passion, pledge: DC


RAWALPINDI, Jan 10 (TNS): Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi, Tallat Mehmood Gondal has said that even though environmental sample of November and December 2017 are declared negative, with the dawn of New Year we need to renew our pledge to work with more dedication to eradicate Polio.

Tallat Mehmood Gondal directed the officials concerned to devise a fresh plan with new set targets keeping in view the shortcomings and limitations of previous year and issue fresh SOPs also ensure their implementation. Although there are only 05 cases of polio in Pakistan, it still stands among three countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan) worldwide that are not declared polio free yet, he shared. DC said that along-with all government initiatives, active participation of parents is needed to make this campaign successful. He also directed to establish a monitoring mechanism for this campaign and ordered to submit daily report to his office.

The DC Rawalpindi expressed these views while presiding over a meeting organized by Health department regarding Anti-Polio campaign here on Wednesday. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Health Authority, Muhammad Sohail Ahmed Chaudhry, District Officer Health (DHO) Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Sarwat coordinator WHO, Dr Amir Sheikh, AC Kahuta Ansar Hayat, AC Cant Amber Gillani, DDHOs, representative of Allied departments and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.

Sharing details of arrangement for Anti-Polio Campaign January 15 to 19, 2018, CEO health Muhammad Sohail Ahmed Chaudhry said that a target to vaccinate 08 lakh 40 thousand children of below 05 age has been fixed for which 221 UC MOs and 496 Area-incharge have been appointed.

Moreover, 2333 mobile teams and 287 fixed points and 119 transit points have been established. CEO health further added that total 2739 teams have been designated for this task and health officer will monitor the progress of campaign and security of polio workers is arranged as well.