A three-day anti-polio campaign will start on January 11 in Bahawalpur district and more than 587,000 children under the age of five will be vaccinated.

A meeting was held in DCO Office under the supervision of District Officer Coordination Amjad Basheer while EDO (Health) Dr Shahid Khaleeq, Cholistan Development Council Chief Executive Farooq Ahmad Khan, WHO representative Dr Munir Jhandeer and officials from other departments were also present.

The district officer coordination said that polio is a dangerous disease due to which a child can become disabled for the whole life. He directed that during the campaign, the government officials and staff should observe their duties with honesty and spirit of patriotism.

He said that during the campaign experienced staff would administer the vaccine to the children at their doorsteps. He added that during the campaign not a single child would remain unvaccinated. He said that in the riverside areas, Cholistan, bus stands and shrines, special teams will be dispatched so that children present there under the age of 5 could be vaccinated.

Executive District Officer (Health) Dr Shahid Khaleeq said that in Bahawalpur district, teams have been constituted for making the campaign successful. These teams include 1,032 mobile, 147 fixed while 106 teams will be deployed on bus, van stops, railway station and toll plazas. Fifteen teams will be deployed in markets. He further said that in Cholistan area, two teams had been dispatched a week before the campaign which will vaccinate the children for 10 days. He added that all the arrangements have been completed to make the campaign successful.

He said that to complete the responsibility, all departments concerned and civil society members’ cooperation is required. World Health Organization (WHO)’s representative Dr Munir Jhandeer said that since 2011, Bahawalpur district was polio free. He added that steps were being taken to vaccinate the children even after the three-day campaign.