MULTAN/SHEIKHUPURA - The three-day polio vaccination drive will commence from April 15 and over 0.6 million children below the age of five will be administered polio drops, disclosed EDO Health Dr Iftikhar Qureshi.

Briefing the participants of a meeting here on Saturday, the EDO claimed that not even a single polio case was reported from Multan district over the past three years. He added that all reluctant parents, who refused to get their kids vaccinated, agreed to vaccination because of consistent efforts of health officials. He said that Multan was excluded from the list of polio sensitive districts as a result of successful rounds of the vaccination campaign.

Citing statistics, he disclosed that 1772 vaccination teams comprising lady health workers, health officials and staffers of other departments were formed. He added that over 1450 teams were mobile, which would go door to door. Similarly, teams will be deployed at all hospitals, dispensaries, wagon and bus stands, railway stations and airport. He disclosed that a central monitoring room was set up at the office of DCO for the monitoring of vaccination drive. 

Speaking on this occasion, District Officer Coordination Nausheen Jamshed directed the heads of all departments to extend all out support to the polio vaccination teams for making the campaign successful. She added that preventing the children from permanent disability was a national duty of every citizen.

The three-day polio drive will start from April 15 to administer polio vaccine to the 535,000 below 5-year children. For this purpose, 937 mobile teams would be formed under the supervision of EDO health. It was stated by District Coordination Officer Ali Jaan Khan on Sunday. He directed health department staff to work devotedly to make the campaign successful.