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Polio ride will start in 12 districts from tomorrow



Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are still caught up in damaged diseases

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE:

More than seven million children will be inoculated during a riot against polio, which will start on Monday (tomorrow) in 12 vulnerable areas.

This was announced during Saturday's meeting, chaired by Minister of Health Punjab dr. Iasmin Rashid to finalize the preparations for the action. Furthermore, it has been discovered that more than 18,000 teams from the health department will participate in the door-to-door campaign.

The sensitive areas include Lahore, Sheikhupura, Bahavalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rahim Iar Khan, Laiiah, Faisalabad, Ravalpindi and Attock.

"It was a matter of great concern for all those interested when the environmental samples from Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan and Ravalpindi were tested positive for the polio virus. We decided to accelerate the polio drive in selected areas," the minister said.

She urged parents to vaccinate their children during a five-day campaign. "It takes more than one dose of a child to be really safe from polyomyelitis. Parents who do not ensure their child is vaccinated risk their lives to all their children," Rasheed said.

There were no reported cases of polyomy in 2016. However, in 2017, a four-month-old child from Lodahen was tested positively on polyomyelitis. Currently, Punjab remains free of polyamides due to drive difficulties that often occur in the province. On a global level, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are three countries that are still caught up in damaged diseases.

Dr Munir Ahmed, General Director of the Health Service in Punjab, stressed the need for all children to be immunized during each campaign. "As long as the virus is detected from any part of the country, no child is safe," he said.

He stressed the need to submit proposals and appeals. Ahmed reiterated his determination to suspend the transmission of the virus in the current season and convinced the public that the polio vaccine is safe, effective and approved by the government's drug control authority.

Deputy Commander Mudassar Riaz opened a three-day anti-polio ride by administering droplets to a child at Shahbaz Sharif Hospital on Saturday.

The plant will formally start on November 12th (tomorrow). During the campaign, 0.4 million children will be vaccinated in 66 union councils, he said. More than 1,100 teams from the health department will handle drops for children under the age of five when driving from door to door, claims the deputy commissioner.

A passionate strategy will be adopted against those parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. He stated that medication is provided without any discrimination in all public hospitals and that there is no shortage of drugs.

He discovered that the work of senior consultants from door to door exercised during the evening in hospitals. Dr Munavar Hassan, Executive Director of Health, informed the Deputy Commissioner.

* Additional entry from APP


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