MINGORA: Deputy Commissioner Swat Saqib Raza Aslam Friday chaired a meeting convened to review arrangements for upcoming four days anti-polio vaccination drive starting from Dec 10 till Dec 13.
The meeting among others was attended by Assistant Commissioner Headquarters Babuzai Qazi Riaz Ali, District Health Officer Ghulam Subhani and concerned officials of district administration, health and education department. On the occasion, participants of the meeting were briefed regarding steps taken by the administration to achieve targets of anti-polio drive. It was told that a total of 482,937 children of 242,530 families would be administered polio vaccine. The meeting was informed that 1596 teams have been constituted that would work under the supervision of concerned medical officers to visit every household during anti-polio campaign.
The meeting discussed in detail the possible problems and the administrative arrangements needed for the polio drive. It was decided that help of civil society and ulemas would be sought to placate parents who are refusing immunization of their children. Addressing the meeting, DC directed officers concerned to work with national spirit to rid the society of polio disease and save our coming generation from the crippling disease.
He expressed dismay that geopolitical situation of the region has affected the efforts initiated for the elimination of polio, however, he expressed satisfaction that not a single case of polio has been surfaced in Swat for many years. He also directed law enforcers to provide foolproof security to polio workers during the campaign.