Deputy Commissioner Talat Mehmood Gondal stressed the need to ensure that each and every child is given polio drops to eradicate the disease since the virus was detected in a sample from Dhok Dalal.
Gondal urged to vaccinate children especially in Mandi mor and adjoining areas to increase strength among children to defeat the disease.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting organized by Health department regarding anti-Polio campaign. Chief Executive Officer Health Authority Muhammad Sohail Ahmed, District Officer Health, Abdul Jabbar, Uzma Hayat coordinator WHO, and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.
Gondal said that special focus should be placed on vaccinating travellers of Mandi Mor and adjacent areas.
He said that age limit for vaccinating elders should be extended up to 40 years. He directed the health department to devise a fresh plan with new SOPs to cover updated targets keeping in view the readings of current census report and limitations of previous year.
He said that special attention needs to be paid to the children who remained unavailable, including refusal cases.
DC said that active participation of parents is needed to make this campaign successful and furthermore directed to establish a monitoring mechanism for this campaign and order to submit daily report. He also directed all allied departments to ensure the availability of committed human resource and warned that no lethargy in the campaign will be tolerated.
Sharing details of arrangements made for anti-Polio campaign to be started from February 12 to 16 February, CEO health Muhammad Sohail Ahmed Chaudhry said that a target to vaccinate 8,40,000, children below the age of five has been fixed for which 221 Union Council Monitoring Officials and 496 area-in charge have been appointed.
Moreover, 2,333 mobile teams and 287 fixed points and 119 transit points have been established. He further added that total of 2,739 teams have been designated for this task, while security of polio workers is arranged as well. He said that out of 1624 refusal cases, 1362 have been covered so far.