KARACHI: The district administration of Karachi Central on Thursday marked the World Polio Virus Eradication Day through active participation of teachers, students of local seminaries and regular schools in a public awareness walk.
The walk led by Deputy Commissioner Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman that started from Katti Pahari of Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan also had its strong symbolic value as the area is registered to be largely inhabited by people reluctant to get their children vaccinated against polio. Kids right from different montessori located in the district as well as primary, secondary schools, colleges and madressahs appeared to be much sensitised about their right of protection against the crippling diseases. Carrying banners and placards inscribed with public health messages about relevance of oral vaccines against polio virus, they urged their elders to respect their right to a quality and impairment-free life. Many of the teachers accompanying students said lessons must be incorporated into school, college and madressah curriculum about prevention of different diseases including polio. They said a strong and uninterrupted campaign must also be launched across the country, at each and every level, to dispel myths and mis-information generated against oral polio vaccine. Some of the parents, particularly mothers, present on the occasion said communities needed to get together to counter elements trying to sabotage polio eradication efforts in the country. Many of them also had their reservations on the commitment of the polio workers and questioned absence of strict vigilance vis a vis monitoring of their performance.–APP