ISLAMABAD - The federal capital has been a polio-free city since 2008 as no such case has been detected during the period due to enhanced vigilance of civic authority.

This was told during the meeting on polio eradication, held here at Convention Centre in connection with the arrangements for anti-polio campaign in the federal capital from July 16 to 19, 2012. Representatives of international organisations including WHO, UNICEF, PLAN International, Rotary International were present in the meeting.

On the occasion, Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal said that polio eradication is foremost priority of CDA. The CDA has extended all efforts to maintain polio-free status of Islamabad, he added.

Hundreds of employees of CDA have been involved in the polio campaigns. In addition, the CDA is providing logistic support during the campaigns.

Furthermore, the Directorate of Health Services has established an operation room to intensify the monitoring and arrangements of the polio campaign.

It is encouraging to say that coverage of CDA in the previous campaign has been up to the mark. The performance of Health Services Directorate is proved by the fact that every child is administered with the polio drop.

The Chairman CDA also requested the partner organisations to join hands in the anti-polio campaign where their assistance is required including private educational institutions, private schools and hospitals for provision of nursing staff. He informed that he has directed other formations of CDA to support Directorate of Health Services. Administration, Directorate of Municipal Administration and IT Directorates have been directed to provide staff and logistic support.

The Director Health presented detail overview of population coverage, high-risk areas to be covered in the forthcoming campaign (SNID 4-7th June 2012). He said that for this SNID, the Directorate of Health Services has divided Islamabad into 15 Zones and constituted 563 teams to vaccinate the children.

The teams would be headed by Medical Officers as Zonal Supervisors. Moreover, 37 fixed centres and 21 transit points would also be established.

Dr. Hassan Orooj mentioned that DHS has established a well equipped state of the art operation room to monitor Polio Campaign vigilantly. With the support of Chairman CDA and CDA Board Members, a double monitoring system has been established.