ISLAMABAD: A three-day national polio immunization campaign begins across the country Tuesday. Over 33.6 million children under the age of five years will be administered polio drops as well as Vitamin A drops through eighty six thousand teams. Addressing the launching ceremony of the campaign in Islamabad Monday, Minister for Information and Health Sherry Rehman vowed to intensify the polio immunization campaign to completely eradicate the crippling disease from the country.
She expressed concern over the recent cases of polio in the Sindh province and said the provincial government has been directed to redouble their efforts so that no child is missed during the current polio drive. She said the Polio campaign was launched by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the PPP led government would take her mission to its logical conclusion by completing eradicating it.
Referring to the Lady Health Workers programme, she said that about one hundred thousand have been engaged in the polio immunization drive to reach out to the maximum number of children. She said a programme would be launched soon to scale up this important public health initiative to ensure primary health care services to all. She said efforts are being made with allocation of human and financial resources to fortify programmes that provide curative and preventive health services on a fast tract to the children.
About the reforms in the health sector, she said a new health policy is being devised to cater to the current challenges. WHO and UNICEF said Pakistan has made tremendous progress towards making the country free of Polio. The number of cases have been reduced from thousands to just five cases this year, all reported in the Sindh province. Later, the Minister administered polio drops to the children.-SANA