ISLAMABAD - The authorities concerned of the provinces have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during every polio immunisation drive.According to an official of the Polio Eradication Programme, the provinces have also been directed to reach every child to protect him from the crippling disease.He said over 34 million children received anti-polio drops during the last three-day national polio immunisation campaign across the country.He said 77,628 house-to-house vaccination teams, 5,702 transit vaccination teams on busy bus and railway stations, airports, bazaars and 9,702 fix vaccination posts were set up for the drive.He added a total of 16,914 area incharges and 3,178 Union Council incharges supervised the vaccination teams. WHO and UNICEF district and Union Council level staff have provided assistance for monitoring activities in close collaboration with local authorities, he said.He said that under the augmented plan, the government is getting support of parliamentarians, media persons and ulema to address the issues like refusal of administering polio vaccine to children and low coverage of vaccination in some areas.He said that the plan ensures achieving full oversight, ownership and accountability for polio programme performance at each administrative level, besides ensuring adequate preparations for anti-polio campaigns.He said that the government is committed to implement the emergency plan in true spirit especially at union council level of each district.He said that collective efforts of the government, development partners, local communities and media can help alleviate the sufferings of all the children.

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