Five-day anti-polio drive kicks off


KARACHI: Dec. 06 (TNS): A five-day anti-polio campaign was formally inaugurated at District West on Thursday.
Under the freshly initiated campaign, a total of 1.9 million children aged five or below would be vaccinated in all union councils of the District West.
The inauguration was performed by West Deputy Commissioner Zahid Hussain Memon.
Talking to the media after the inaugural, the DC West said that the city administration was committed to playing its due role in eliminating poliovirus from the city.
Zahid appreciated the role of international partners in polio eradication and hoped that Pakistan would be a polio-free country soon.

He said that no child should be missed, for any reason, from a vaccine preventable disease and it was duty of all stakeholders to make sure every child was given polio drops.
He said that the government would also work for improvement of micro plan and strategy.
“We need to involve community maximum in anti polio programmes and get their full support. Community support based strategy would be developed in this connection,” added the deputy commissioner.
He informed the media that all departments concerned had been asked to focus on refusal cases to get rid of the crippling disease and persuade parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated.