RAWALPINDI – Despite unending efforts of the district health department to make anti-polio immunisation campaign successful, the Short Interval Additional Dose (SIAD) is feared not to get 100 per cent target.

The garrison city, for maintaining a polio-free city status has launched unscheduled anti-polio campaigns under the title Short Interval Additional Dose in order to minimise the risk. The situation has created suspicions among the citizens as anti-polio campaign was started with shortage of staff besides nurses have also refused to contribute in the immunization drive.

Sources said that random polio drive was started with shortage of 840 staff members.

District Health Department Rawalpindi has constituted 1,068 teams to administer polio drops to children below the age of five years in 63 union councils, of which 12 union councils were declared high-risk areas.

Due to shortage of staff, nurses were called in to make the anti-polio drive successful but upon their refusal teams comprising one male worker administered polio drops.