QUETTA: An exclusive campaign of Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) will start in four major Afghan refugee camps of Balochistan on August 15th.
This was stated by Provincial Coordinator Polio Program Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman here Sunday.
He said that IPV campaign will help to improve the performance in Afghan refugee camps. The campaign will continue until August 22nd,” he said. At least 6,830 children will be injected the vaccine against the crippling virus.
During the program children under age of 4 to 23 months will get vaccinated. It is helpful to intercept polio virus from moving to rest of the province Dr. Saifur Rehman said adding that children below 23 months are most vulnerable to polio and more than 85% cases reported from this age group. Therefore, Government of Balochistan with support of its partners will be launching a special campaign in four Afghan Refugees camps of Chagai district.
Balochistan’s first Polio case of 2016 was reported in Quetta city in February. Mohammad Akram 30 month’s toddler was diagnosed with polio virus in the provincial capital.
Balochistan Provincial EOC Coordinator Dr Syed Saifur Rehman has said that the recent polio case of Quetta took place because the child had missed the IPV in 2015. “One case in 2016 and five in 2015 in Quetta and one from Killa Abdullah in 2015 reported and they missed the IPV Campaign,” Dr Saif said underscoring the finding reports. “Had we vaccinated these children IPV, then there would not have been no case,” Dr Syed Saif said.
EOC Balochistan Coordinator Dr Syed Saifur Rehman has said we are strengthening the 32 Permanent Transit Points (PTP) of polio in Balochistan which are five along with Pak-Afghan boarding PTPs, including 14 Inter provincial PTPs and 13 PTPs and Airports, Hospitals and bus stops. He said with new Monitoring plan of five Pak Afghan and inter provincials Permanent Transit Points (PTP) are being strengthened.
Our target is to improve the performance of Permanent Transit Points (PTP) along with Pak Afghan border,” Rehman said. “There are many houses or some villages which come under the jurisdiction of both countries. Which is why, I have requested the officials from other border to help in vaccinating those children who are missed Dr Saifur Rehman said.
Total 13 polio cases were reported in Pakistan during the 2016 and the Federal and provincial Governments were optimistic that the war against Polio would be continued until we defeat this crippling virus.