Anti-polio drive begins in 94 UCs of Lahore

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Staff Report

LAHORE

A week-long anti-Polio drive has been kicked off in 94 union councils of Lahore on Monday that will continue till May 19.

The special drive has been launched in the area after detecting three polio cases in Lahore.

As per details, the drive will continue till May 19 in the selected union councils of the provincial capital. More than 2,500 polio teams have been constituted to ensure smooth and secure conduct of the campaign. The polio teams will visit door to door to administer anti polio drops to the children up to five years of age.

In total, 2,500 security personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth and secure conduct of the campaign, a private news channel reported.

Earlier on May 2, a new case of polio was reported from the provincial capital of Punjab, making it the third case of the year to be surfaced from Lahore so far. As per details, the polio virus was found in a two-year-old kid from Iqbal Town area of Lahore.  Until now, the toll of polio cases across Pakistan has reached to 10 in 2019.Three cases were reported each from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and tribal areas, while one was confirmed from Sindh.

On April 26, the government has suspended the anti-polio drive and post-campaign evaluation following the increasing number of attacks on polio workers in different parts of the country. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the government had also suspended the post-campaign evaluation — Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS).

In April, protesters burnt down a health facility in Peshawar following reports that multiple children had fallen sick after being administered anti-polio vaccine.

The protest was triggered by hearsay as medics at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, where most of the children were taken, said that an overwhelming majority of them were fine.

The protesters mobbed the Basic Health Unit Mashokhel and ransacked the premises before setting it on fire.