ISLAMABAD    -    Over 400,000 children under the age of five years were adminis­tered anti-polio drops during the week-long drive, Deputy Commis­sioner Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon said on Tuesday.

Talking to media, af­ter chairing an anti-polio drive post meeting here, he said the role of vac­cination teams was com­mendable which put their utmost efforts to admin­ister anti-polio drops to each child in the capital.

He appreciated all as­sistant commissioners and magistrates moni­toring activities of vac­cination teams, particu­larly in those areas where confirmed and refusal cases had been reported. The DC said tally sheets, fingerprints of the chil­dren and performance of teams were checked throughout the drive on a daily basis. The campaign was launched from house to house, through bus stands, toll plazas, mar­kets and schools. Security was also ensured to the teams under the supervi­sion of assistant commis­sioners and magistrates.

Memon expressed his gratitude to the parents and guardians for extending full coop­eration to the anti-polio teams by administering anti-polio drops to their children.

Eradicating polio is a national cause, said DC and underscored the need for integrated ef­forts to make the capital polio-free. Among others, the meeting was attend­ed by additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, magis­trates and representa­tives from the World Health Organization, dis­trict health department, UNICEF and other con­cerned agencies.