LAHORE - Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq inaugurated a three-day anti-polio campaign in Model Town on Monday.

EPI Director Dr Munir Ahmed, WHO Team Leader Dr Ubaidul Islam and other officials were also present. The current campaign spans over three days (12 to 14 January), and as part of the activity vaccination teams will administer polio drops to children below five years throughout the province.

Underlining the importance of vaccination, Ayesha urged mothers to get their children vaccinated. She expressed satisfaction at the number of people turning up for immunization. She said special emphasis was being laid on the immunisation of migrant populations in Punjab in light of the trends being witnessed in the last few years. She also visited a UC dominated by Pashtun population and personally monitored the performance of the staff.  She met the elders of the community and conveyed to them the importance of immunization. The community demanded the installation of a water filtration plant as they had no access to clean drinking water.

Later, she visited the purpose-built newly-established Emergency Operation Center in the DG Health office. She appreciated the work and urged the staff to leave no stone unturned to make Pakistan Polio free.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world battling polio cases currently. Despite a sharp rise in the number of polio cases in the country, Punjab managed to reduce the cases to only 3 in 2014.