RAWALPINDI - After brutal armed attacks on anti-polio workers in different parts of the country, the City District Government and Police have made comprehensive security plan to guard the polio teams roaming in the district to administer polio drops to children less than five years old.

According to security plan engineered by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib along with police, armed police cops would be provided to some 90 polio teams imparting duties in high risk areas, where Pashton community resides in majority, besides enhancing police patrolling in low risky areas. A team comprised two members.

District Health Department (DHD) on Tuesday kicked off a three day polio campaign from December 18 to 20, 2012 in the district with 1000 polio teams putting into action to administer polio drops to 700,000 children aged below 5 years old.     

Talking to TheNation, DCO Saqib Zafar said that keeping in view the fragile law and order situation in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, district administration along with police have hammered a foolproof security plan to shield the mobile polio teams. He said that a three days polio campaign started in the district from December 18 to 20. He said that a total of 90 polio teams have been assigned with the task to put polio drops into the mouths of children below 5 years old residing in Pashton belt, considered highly risky from security point of view.

“The areas located in UC-1 to UC-10 of Pirwadhai and its surroundings are considered highly risky owing to overwhelming of Pashtoon population residing in these areas. The polio teams may face some resistance here that is why, the government has decided to provide each team with an armed police man to avoid any untoward incident” DCO said. He said that however police patrolling would be enhanced in low risky areas such as Gujar Khan, Kalar Seydan, Kahuta and Murree.

DCO Saqib Zafar appealed to the masses to cooperate with polio teams to eliminate the menace of polio virus from the district.

On the other hand, City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokher, in response a questioner has been sent on his mobile by this scribe to know what kind of security measures taken by police to guard the mobile teams in the city, replied “Policemen would be deployed with all teams”.

It is pertinent to mention here that five female polio vaccination workers have been shot dead in armed attacks in Karachi and Peshawar a day ago, shocking the whole country with alarming bells among the law enforcement agencies.