Keeping in view the key role of Union Council Medical Officers (UCMOs) in polio eradication, two days Training of Trainers (ToT) session has been held here at Public Health Services Academy (PHSA) wherein 25 UCMOs of Swat, Buner, Shangla and Kohistan were trained.

The activity was organised by the Department of Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with support of United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Rahim Khattak, Assistant Director EPI & Focal Person for PEI, Dr Farid Assistant Director EPI and Dr Johar from Unicef facilitated different sessions on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Public Health, Dr Abdul Ghafoor appreciated the efforts undertaken for polio eradication from the country and stated that almost 200 countries of the world had stamped out the disease with the same vaccine used in Pakistan and there are no doubts in their mind regarding efficacy of the vaccine.  He stressed that the major weaknesses are in the quality of the campaigns especially at the sub-district level where we are not reaching every child and thus giving a chance to wild poliovirus to continue its circulation and infect unprotected children. Dr Abdul Ghafoor elaborated that when the quality of campaigns is good the district remains polio free and reiterated that we should not forget that we have to reach each and every child of our province and this is our commitment with our people and with our globe. Director PHSA Dr Mehmood Alam in his comments said that we could only achieve the desired results from these efforts if we are sincere with our job. He stressed upon the organizers for a very strong monitoring mechanism in place and laid equal emphasis on the importance of a quality routine immunization services in the province.