KARACHI - A polio case surfaced in Gadap area of the provincial capital on Sunday. Sources in Health Department said a 7-month-old boy is detected with a polio virus.
Gadap Town is enlisted as high-risk area for polio. However, sources told that lack of adequate arrangements in the area could be a reason for emergence of polio case.
Mostly polio cases are detected in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district where polio vaccinators find it difficult to immunise children against polio due to security reasons.
Meanwhile, authorities on Sunday completed one-day anti-polio vaccination drive in 25 union councils of Karachi while pillion-riding was banned on the occasion.
The ban remained effective from 8am to 6pm on Sunday in the union councils declared 'sensitive'.
Officials said health workers have been given security by police and Rangers in all the areas during immunisation drive.
The 24 union councils included Gadap Town's UC-4 Gujro, UC-5 Snowgul and UC-8 Manghopir; Gulshan-e-Iqbal's UC-10 Pahalwan Goth, UC-11 Metroville, UC-12 Gulzar Hijri and UC-13 Safoora Goth; Baldia Town's UC-1 Gulshan-e-Ghazi, UC-2 Ittehad Town, UC-3 Islamnagar and UC-4 Naalabadi; Orangi Town's UC-1 Mominabad, UC-13 Baloch Goth and UC-2 Haryana Colony; Site Town's UC-7 Banaras, UC-8 Qasba Colony and UC-9 Islamia Colony; Bin Qasim's UC-2 Rehri Goth, UC-3 Bhains Colony and UC-4 Quaidabad; Landhi Town's UC-1 Muzaffarabad and UC-2 Muslimabad, Saddar Town's UC-9 Civil Lines; and, Gulberg Town's UC-8 Shafiq Mahal.
‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ completes
in Charsadda, Mardan dists
The third and final round of ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ programme completed in Charsadda and Mardan districts where amidst tight security arrangements 605,966 children were vaccinated.
Deputy commissioner inaugurated the campaign in Charsadda district. Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion and around 2,000 personnel of security forces were deployed in the district. A total of 1,560 teams were constituted which carried out the campaign in 49 union councils of the district.
The total number of immunised children in district Charsadda was 253,250 while in district Mardan 352,716 children were immunised.
The district health officer told this correspondent that the vaccine was administered for polio and eight other child diseases, including tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, meningitis, pneumonia, measles and hepatitis B.
“Mardan consists of 76 union councils and 1,970 teams were formed to cover these union councils,” he added.
He said that the teams visited 225,475 houses during this campaign.