On Monday, Dr. Azra Pechuho and Reprenestitive World Health Organization Pakistan Dr. Paluitha Mahipala inaugurated the Polio Case Response Campaign in Sindh.
This specific campaign is said to be scheduled from June 19th to June 25th. The aim is to administer polio drops to around 1.8 million children under the age of five years in specific districts of Karachi, Hyderabad, and Jamshoro.
For the campaign, a total of 10,000 frontline workers have been mobilized for the campaign, which commenced at the Emergency Operation Centre, Sindh.
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The polio vaccination drive commences in specific districts of Sindh from the 19th to the 25th of June, 2023.
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The event was attended by renowned high-ranking officials including the Sindh Health Secretary, the WHO head of sub-office, the EOC coordinator, the WHO polio team lead in Sindh, and representatives from partner organizations.
At the same time, National Polio Coordinator WHO Dr. Zainul Abedin along with Dr Mahipala, District Health Officer of East Dr. Shakeel, and East Deputy Commissioner Tabraiz Alam inaugurated the polio case response campaign at Jannat Gul Hospital in District Gujro.
The guests enthusiastically took part in giving polio drops to kids under the age of five. More than 100,000 children in the Gujro area, which has been designated as a super high-risk area, are the target of this focused local initiative.
In addition to this, as a tribute to the efforts of the frontline workers, Dr. Mahipala visited the AI Asif Square Bus Stand which is one of the busiest transit points in Karachi and expressed his appreciation for the contributions of the polio workers.
He said, “Frontline polio workers across Pakistan are heroes in the battle against polio.”
According to one of the statements issued by the Health Department, all of the stakeholders are committed to achieving the objective of eliminating polio and ensuring a healthy future for the children of Sindh.