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Polio Campaign to Begin Today in 9 Districts of Punjab: Yasmin Rashid

Author: Hamna Bano
News for blog 12 11zon
On Saturday, January 23, 2022, during the distribution ceremony of the Naya Pakistan Sehat Sahulat Card the Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid announced the commencement of the polio campaign from January 24th (today).

The data from recent stats shared during the ceremony unveiled that a total of six campaigns were held in Punjab last year. Since then not a single case has been reported. Along with the local residents of the NA-125, Jehangir Khan, Ali Amir, Rana Nasim, and Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor were present at this event. The minister was also observed administering polio drops to children.

 

It will be a five-day campaign with two days further allocated to look for the missing children. It is expected to be continued till January 28th. The districts included in the campaign are Rawalpindi, Muzaffargarh, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rajanpur, Multan, Mianwali, Raheem Yar Khan, and DG Khan. 

 

While talking with the residents, Dr. Yasmin Rashid said,I appeal to parents to get their children vaccinated for polio. Pakistan is on its way to becoming Polio free. 

 

During the campaign, a total of 6.9 million children under the age of five will be reached for vaccination. Around 60,000 polio workers will be taking part in this campaign.  Area in-charges, union council supervisors, transit team members, fixed team members, and district council supervisors will be part of the core team. 

 

Experts from all the areas have been ordered to facilitate the smooth implementation of the campaign and assist the assigned teams. All the frontline workers will be practicing COVID SOPs and protocols during the field visits and the household visits.  

 

“Government’s leadership and the hard work of polio teams has given fruitful results. Punjab has not reported any polio case for over 14 months now”, said Ms. Sundas Irshad, head of the polio program in Punjab.

 

The Punjab Polio Eradication Team has requested the caregivers and parents to act together with the polio teams for the safe future of their children.