Every segment of society play role for eradication of Polio
PESHAWAR: A 5-Days anti-polio drive will formally kick off on Monday, 16th December 2019 in all 35 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the merged districts.
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. KazimNiaz inaugurated the campaign by administering polio drops to a child here on Friday.
During the campaign more than 6.75 million children below the age of five years will be vaccinated across the province. To ensure cent percent target achievement of the drive, 22,925 teams have been constituted.
The campaign is focused on reaching and vaccinating every child for stopping transmission of virus and outbreak in the region.
Talking to media persons on the occasion, the Chief Secretary said that eradication of polio vaccine from the province is on top of the priority list of the provincial government adding that the government is working with utmost commitment to eradicate polio and thus protect our future generation from life-long disability.
He termed the task as a huge challenge and a national cause and stressed upon all segments of society including parents, teachers, media, ulamas, public representatives and other opinion leaders to play proactive role in strengthening the government’s effort to curb the menace of polio virus once for all.
Responding to a question regarding the recent increase in polio cases in the province, the Chief Secretary remarked that unfortunately, baseless ramous spread regarding polio-drives in the recent past have done great damage to the national cause and the provincial government has now reviewed and revamped the overall strategy of polio drive and devised customized strategies for each and every individual district keeping in view their ground realities and peculiarities.
“This new campaign is being launched after a detailed home work and preparation of one month”; the Chief Secretary informed and expressed the hope that targets of the campaign will be achieved for which the divisional commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and heads of all relevant line departments have been assigned special tasks.
Giving details about the campaign, Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Abdul Basit told that in a total 22,925 teams have been constituted comprising 19,783 mobile teams, 1,848 fixed teams, 1,098 transit teams and 196 roaming teams whereas more than 53,000 area in charges have been deputed to ensure effective monitoring of the Campaign.