DC Bahawalpur urges parents to vaccinate children to keep them safe from polio

Emphasises that no child up to five years old should be deprived of polio vaccine during anti-polio campaign

BAHAWALPUR   -  The Deputy Commissioner Bahawal­pur Zaheer Anwar Jappa reviewed the arrangements for the five-day anti-po­lio campaign which will start on Feb­ruary 26, during which children up to five years old will be administered the polio vaccine. A meeting was held in the committee room of the DC office under the chairmanship which was attended by Chief Executive Officer Health Dr. Syed Tanveer Shah, DHO Dr. Usama Pansota, Coordinator Na­tional Program Dr. Khalid Mahmood Arain, WHO representative Dr. Shiraz, District President of Private School Association Iftikhar Ali, officials from the Health Department, Education De­partment, Private School Association, Local Government Department, and other relevant departments. Speaking on the occasion, DC emphasized that no child up to five years old should be deprived of the polio vaccine dur­ing the anti-polio campaign. He urged the officials to ensure monitoring by visiting mobile and transit teams. He urged parents to vaccinate their chil­dren up to five years old to keep them safe from polio. He also requested the cooperation of parents to help polio teams in this regard. Dr Shiraz briefed the meeting about the arrangements for the anti-polio campaign through­out the district. He mentioned that during the anti-polio campaign, over 824,000 children up to five years old will be administered polio drops across the district. He informed that from February 26 to 28, mobile teams will go door-to-door to administer po­lio drops to children up to five years old. Children missed during this pe­riod will be covered under the catch-up activity on February 29 and March 1, he maintained. He said that to en­sure the success of the anti-polio cam­paign, 3276 mobile teams, 195 fixed teams, and 136 transit teams have been formed. Deputy Commissioner Zaheer Anwar Jappa inaugurated the anti-polio campaign by administer­ing polio drops to children up to five years old in his office. Officials from the Health Department and parents of children were present at the occasion.

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