KARACHI: Amid tight security provided to polio vaccinators in a four-day anti polio drive, second day of the vaccination went smoothly.

However, after being delayed twice, a four-day anti polio drive had been embarked in three districts of Metropolitan City comprising East, West and Central districts respectively, on Monday with a target to immunize at least 10,25,343 children below age of five.

According to details, the anti-polio campaign has entered into third day (today) in Karachi whereas, first two days passed easily under highly secured environment, as the contingents provided for the security of the vaccinating team are according to the demand. According to Rangers' spokesman, nearly 900 police and Rangers personnel have been deployed to provide security to polio teams that are administering anti-polio drops in different areas of the city where several vaccinators are gunned in the past.

“108 officers in East zone, 664 in West zone while 100 security men have been deployed in South zone whereas, 60 police mobiles and 98 motorcycles are patrolling in the various sectors during the campaign.” said Rangers Spokesman.

The aforementioned anti Polio drive had been divided into two phases. In the first phase, the campaign will continue for four days in which around 516,680 below five children from Karachi West; some 345,778 from Central while 162,885 children will be vaccinated in parts of Karachi East.

Whereas the second phase of the campaign will be launched on Friday for the next four days, which will target another one million (approximately) children in Karachi South, Korangi, Malir and the remaining parts of Karachi East district.

The police authorities had promised to provide 3,200 policemen to as many teams set up to go in to the field. Officials in the provincial health ministry said the Pakistan Army had assured its full support to the campaigns.