Sialkot has been declared as a polio-free district after the anti polio vaccination campaign has met with a great success as the Health Department has achieved the vaccination target.

Health officials said that the great success was due to active cooperation of local elected representatives and non-profit organisations that motivated the people for polio vaccination while visiting door-to-door along with the vaccinators’ teams.

District Officer (Health) Dr Javaid Warraich told newsmen that Sialkot was a polio-free district and the Health Department had achieved the target of administering drops to the children. He said that the target was fixed 597, 924 children under the age of five years for Sialkot district during the three-day long anti-polio campaign during March 2014.

He said that the department administered anti-polio vaccination to 630,000 children including 7,000 nomad children, adding that these additional children were guests in Sialkot district. The district officer further revealed that 1,032 mobile teams went door to door, 130 fixed teams at hospitals, BHUs and RHCs, 200 EPI centres, 55 transit teams at bus stands, bus stops and eight roaming teams administrated drops to the children in tehsils Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils here. He added that the credit also went to assistant commissioners especially the police that provided foolproof security for the vaccinators.

Under the supervision of Sialkot DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu, 126 special monitoring officers and 215 areas supervisors monitored the campaign directly at union council level. The elected representatives including MNA Sahibzada Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah, MPAs Manshaullah Butt, Muhammad Ikram, Arshad Javaid Warraich and the local NGOs educated the people about the importance of vaccination.

When contacted, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said that the government was successfully implementing the health sector development scheme besides, adopting crucial steps to save the children from the different fatal diseases especially polio.

The MNA said that early eradication of polio from the country was the top priority of the government, which was utilising all the available resources. The MPAs said that the effective and positive health policies of the present government were helping save the children from fatal diseases including polio and measles.