Saturday, December 3

Commissioner launches six-day anti-polio drive

KARACHI:A six-day anti-polio campaign began in Karachi on Monday.

Commissioner Karachi Mohammad Sualeh Faruqui formally inaugurated the campaign at Sobhraj Hospital. Deputy Commissioner South Mohammad Salahuddin, Commissioner Karachi Polio Task Force Coordinator Dr Nusrat Ali, officials of Health Departments, representatives of WHO and UNICEF were also present on the occasion. Under the drive, 1.9 million children aged five or less will be vaccinated in 174 union councils across Karachi. The drive will continue till July 7.

Talking to media, the commissioner said that the city administration was committed to play its due role in eliminating the polio virus from the city with the coordinated efforts and support of international partners. He said polio eradication was a national cause and it would be top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts with constant support mechanism for the elimination of polio virus. He appreciated the role of international partners and hoped that with the support of international partners and guidance of local and international experts, Pakistan would be a polio free country soon.

He said no child should be missed for any reason from a vaccine preventable disease and it was the duty of all stakeholders to make sure no child was left from the polio drops so that they had a healthy future for generations, He said to achieve the goal, they would also work for the improvement of micro plan and strategy.