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Injectable polio vaccine drive begins today

Injectable polio vaccine drive begins today

QUETTA: The second phase of Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) campaign will be kicked off in 18 union councils of the high-risk district of Killa Abdullah on Wednesday.

Officials of the Emergency Operations Centre say that the eight-day campaign aims to vaccinate more than 16,300 children in Killa-Abdullah and Gulistan tehsil.

Provincial Coordinator of Emergency Operation Centre (ECO), Balochistan, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman said that during the campaign children between the age of 4 to 23 months would be injected with polio vaccine which would boost the immunity of the children in these areas where children are most susceptible to this crippling disease.

“The children aged between 0 to 23 months are most vulnerable to polio virus and more than 85 pc cases reported last year were from this age group”, he added.

He said the vaccination will be carried out through skilled vaccinators.”

Around 85 temporary vaccination outreach centres and 12 fixed sides will be established in two Tehsils of Killa Abdullah,” Provincial Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman said.

The first phase of IPV campaign had successfully been conducted in the districts of Quetta, Pishin and selected tehsils of Killa Abdullah, he added.

“More than 200,000 children were vaccinated in this phase, and 93 pc of the target had been achieved, he said.

During this phase, around 140,296 children were vaccinated in Quetta, 37,354 in Pishin and 29,238 in Killa Abdullah.

Dr Saif-ur-Rehman appealed to parents to vaccinate their children at the nearest Basic Health Unit (BHU) to help prevent them from lifetime paralysis.

He said that during the current campaign the security forces are also engaged to avert any untoward incident, adding Balochistan Levies and Police would accompany the teams to ensure security while in bordering towns Frontier Corpse (FC) would also assist the campaign.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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