KARACHI - A person was arrested for refusing to vaccinate his child during the ongoing anti-polio campaign in the metropolis.

The anti-polio drive continued on the second day in 11 sensitive union councils of the city.

In the union council of Firdous Colony Number 2, a person refused to administer anti-polio drops to his child. Deputy Commissioner Saifur Rehman, who was present at the scene, tried to convince him but he did not listen. Later, the father was arrested for not cooperating with the authorities.

The provincial health department has set a target of inoculating 216,807 children below the age of five whereas 883 anti-polio workers and supervisors are taking part in the ongoing campaign in Chakra Goth, Rerhi, Muzaffarabad Colony, Muslimabad, Firdous Colony No 2, Gujjar Zone-A UC, Zone-B UC, Zone-C UC, Zone-D UC, Zone-E UC, Manghopir, Chishtee Nagar Orangi, Islamia Colony UC and Ittehad Colony UC.

Meanwhile, 1,375 policemen and 173 Rangers personnel are escorting the health workers.

Anti-polio campaign has started in 11 sensitive union councils of the metropolitan city. To this effect, commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddique headed the meeting, where he was briefed on security arrangements of four-day anti-polio campaign that begins in 11 sensitive union councils of Karachi.

The meeting was attended by EDO health Dr Imdad and heads of town health where they told about the detail of the campaign.

During the four days of the campaign, 178,421 children will be given anti-polio drops.

The commissioner was told that the first day progress report is satisfactory. It was decided in the meeting that security arrangements for the polio teams would be ensured and wherever the police deployment is less the Chief Minister would be informed immediately. He directed the deputy commissioners to take all possible steps for ensuring success of the campaign so that our future generations can be saved from the crippling disease.

Meanwhile, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has continued its action against the illegal hydrants in Karachi on third day.

According to details, at least two people were taken into custody while demolishing illicit hydrants. KWSB along with the police and Rangers carried out a campaign against unlawful water hydrants in Landhi and Baldia Town and destroyed more than 50 illegal hydrants in two days.

Earlier, KWSB continued operation against illegal hydrants in different areas of the metropolis including Landhi, Korangi, Surjani and Baldia Town, Dunya News reported on Monday.

Heavy contingent of Rangers personnel is escorting the Water Board team during the campaign. According to the authorities, many hydrants were being operated illegally by the tanker mafia, who stole water from the main supply lines. From now onwards, water would only be supplied through taps and the underground supply lines.