Qaim for administration of polio vaccine to IDPs at entry points

*Sindh CM directs officials concerned to ensure intensive polio campaign in vulnerable areas

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the officials concerned to ensure administration of polio vaccine to internally displaced families of North Waziristan at entry points of the province.He also directed the officials to conduct an intensive anti-polio campaign especially in vulnerable areas of Karachi, to prevent spread of the crippling disease. Presiding over a meeting held on Wednesday to advance anti-polio strategy, the Sindh CM said that many displaced families were moving from North Waziristan to the settled areas of the country including Sindh with unvaccinated children that could pose health threats to the residents of hosting areas.He said that strict checking has been ordered at all entry points and cities in the province to ensure that children of IDPs and others could not pass without taking anti-polio drops. “These check points are also meant to prevent the entry of terrorists into the province,” he added. Qaim said that provincial health department, national as well as international organizations working for the polio eradication should avail this facility and fully concentrate on the IDPs influx, especially their possible hosting localities to ensure that their every child up to age 5 get vaccinated.The CM gave directives for establishing polio control rooms at each district to keep close coordination with concerned organizations and asked the district administration for quick registration of IDPs and collecting data of their children and family status in case of their arrival in the district.He also gave directives for establishing provincial emergency operation centres for polio eradication and making it functional as soon as possible. He also directed Sindh Police to provide full security to the polio teams, engaged in fieldwork.Polio Oversight Committee Coordinator Shahnaz Wazir Ali, while briefing the meeting told that this year seven polio cases have emerged, all reported from Karachi, and all belong to Pakhtun families except one who belongs to Punjabi family.She said that the union councils, where polio cases emerged, have been kept on top priority and special attention was being given to those vulnerable areas.“Additionally, 28 teams are deployed at Sindh-Punjab and Sindh-Balochistan borders. More than 166 anti-polio teams are working at all transits points of the cities, airports, railway stations, and roads/tool plazas to administer polio vaccine, however these teams sometime are facing refusal from parents but they are trying to convince them,” she added.Provincial focal person for polio - Dr Ahmed Ali Shaikh, informed the meeting that two anti-polio campaign rounds, from July 5 to 8 and from 17 to 20 would be conducted in Karachi to vaccinate 153,564 children in each round.Besides, total 194 anti-polio teams have been deployed at all transit points in the province including border of Sindh. He said that form April 2012 to April 2014; as many as 5,828,520 children have been vaccinated at all transit points in Sindh and 264,129 children at transit points in Karachi. 

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