LAKKI MARWAT - District Coordination Officer Nisar Ahmad chaired a high level meeting at his office on Friday to review arrangements for the upcoming two special rounds of anti-polio drive scheduled to be commenced on August 27 and September 3 in the district.

“The decision to launch two special rounds of polio eradication campaign was made after detection of a confirm case in Dhoda village last month”, said EDO health Dr Abdul Ghaffar in the meeting. He said that the district health department had constituted 340 mobile, 42 fixed, 10 transit and five roaming teams to immunise 134,714 children below the age of five.

“Besides heads of line department have been assigned the task to supervise and monitor the campaign and identify missed areas children and play their role in covering refusal cases”, he maintained.

Human resource Development Officer (HRDO) Syed Khalid Israr Shah, District Collector Ihsanullah Khan, DDO health Dr Abdul Rehman, DHQ hospital medical superintendent Dr Muhammad Ishaq, DO education Muhammad Ayyub, National Coordinator Primary healthcare Dr Tariq Saleem Marwat, PPHI district support manager Ihsanullah Khan Marwat, district khateeb Maulana Abdul Wahab, MPA Anwar Saifullah Khan’s representative Ameer Mashal Khan, MPA Naseer Muhammad Khan Maidadkhel’s representative Aslam Khan and other officials concerned attended the meeting.

“A comprehensive action plan was formulated soon after surfacing of polio case in Lakki village”, DCO Nisar said. He said that routine immunization was carried out in Dhoda village besides two special rounds of anti polio drive would be launched to wipe out the virus from the district completely.

He told that participation of female teachers should be ensured in the special rounds against polio as it would be helpful to administer oral polio vaccine to each and very child. Nisar made it clear that the officials especially teachers showing negligence in anti polio drive would face drastic disciplinary action.

He called upon the reluctant parents not to believe in misconceptions and immunize their kids against the crippling disease.

A WHO surveillance officer Dr Adnan Akbar Khan briefed the participants on the updates of polio cases across the country with special focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhaw and tribal areas. He underlined the need for launching concerted efforts to eradicate poliovirus from the district.