Three-day anti-polio drive from today

RAWALPINDI: A three-day anti-polio campaign in the high-risk areas of the city starts from today (Monday) to cover more than 200,000 children.Under the drive, the polio teams would visit 27 union councils of the city, cantonment, and Tehsil Taxila, which have been declared high-risk areas, Health Executive District Officer Zafar Iqbal Gondal said while talking to the media personnel on Sunday. He said that the reason for launching the special drive is the presence of people coming from the North Waziristan Agency and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially after the sewage samples collected from these areas that indicated the presence of the polio virus. Gondal said that the health department is tracing the whereabouts of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the city, but there are problems due to lack of coordination among the local departments.The EDO said, "1,365 mobile teams have been constituted for door-to-door vaccination of the children. Besides this, special teams would be deployed at the entry points and bus terminals of the city. Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone would be left unturned to make the campaign a success." In the recently concluded regular campaign, he said that 711,744 children up to five years of age were administered with polio drops to prevent the younger generation from the crippling disease. The Health EDO advised the parents to come forward and play their role in ensuring vaccination of their children to eliminate the disease from society. 

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