LAHORE - A total of 18.4 million children of below five years of age will be administered polio vaccine during a three-day campaign starting across the province from May 23.

Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq said that the Punjab would make all out efforts to achieve best possible results from the campaign starting under National Immunization Days. He said directives have been issued to the Emergency Operation Center to coordinate with districts and ensure micro planning, meetings of district management, vaccine supply and mapping of population at greater risk to polio virus.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan said that more than 43000 teams have been constituted for the campaign including 36000 mobile and 4340 fixed sites.

Director General Health Services Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed said: “We have analyzed the results of three campaigns and identified union councils needing major improvement. The EDOs (H) of these districts have been directed to especially monitor these union councils,” he said. “The movement of the population at inter-provincial borders, especially from the areas having polio virus circulation, is also under focus,” the DG Health said. “Southern districts in general will be monitored as part of larger central Pakistan strategy. For this coordination with districts bordering other provinces sharing have been made for integrated efforts,” he said.

EOC Coordinator Dr Munir Ahmed requested parents to ensure their children get polio drops. He said parents should take their children to centers for immunization against nine vaccine preventable diseases. He said in case of teams not visiting the area, parents could contact the helpline during campaign days.