Islamabad - The National Immunisation Days (NIDs), planned from March 16 to March 18, 2015, aim to vaccinate a target population of 35.5 million children below the age of five years against polio, besides administering them vitamin A supplement.

In a statement released from the office of the Prime Minister’s Focal Person Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq on the third national polio campaign of the year 2015, she stressed on reaching all children under 5 years for polio vaccination.

The government is also providing vitamin A supplement to all children aged between 6 months to 5 years, she highlighted. Vitamin A supplement supports in building strong bones of children.

Ayesha urged all partners and authorities to focus their efforts for a successful campaign and to ensure that no children are missed during the three-day national campaign.

She called on the parents to be proactive in protecting the children from polio virus and work to eradicate the debilitating disease from the country.

The campaign would be conducted in 36 districts of Punjab, 25 districts of KP, 22 districts and 18 towns of Sindh, 30 districts of Balochistan, 10 districts of AJK, seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan, seven agencies and six frontier regions of FATA and Islamabad capital territory.

The training of frontline health workers and area in-charges has been completed.

During the current national polio campaign, around 80,000 teams will be going door to door to vaccinate the targeted population, while more than 9,000 teams will be deputed at fixed centres and more than 4000 polio teams will cover the transit points.

The district health authorities will ensure that polio vaccination teams are deployed at every health facility while the transit teams will ensure that children on the move during the campaign days are provided oral polio vaccination to cover children travelling during the campaign days.

The district authorities are also coordinating with the law enforcement agencies to ensure provision of security for the safe conduct of the campaign.