An anti-polio drive in various districts of Karachi, Multan and Quetta is underway to inoculate polio drops to children below age of five.
According to details, the anti-polio campaign has entered into second day in Karachi during which the polio workers are ardently participating in immunizing vaccination to at least 10,25,343 children in three districts Sharki, Gharbi and Wasti. According to Rangers spokesman, heavy contingent of officers has also been deployed for the security of the polio teams.
He said that 108 officers in east zone, 664 in west zone while 100 security men have been deployed in south zone. 60 police mobiles and 98 motorcycles would patrol in the various sectors during the campaign.
In Multan, a three-day polio drive has been kicked off during which as many as 5 lac children will be administered polio drops. According to district government, 1800 teams have been formed for this cause. However, the parents can also take their children to nearby hospitals, health centers and dispensaries for vaccination.
Separately in Quetta, more than 24 lac children will be inoculated anti-polio drops in as many as 30 districts of Quetta. The campaign will be continued till November 12. The local government has stated that 6,603 teams are participating in the campaign which will immunize drops to children at various stops like railway stations, bus stands and airports.
At least 1,800 security officers including Balochistan Constabulary (BC) and Levies personnel have been deputed on the security of the workers.
In Punjab, the district administration has also launched anti-polio drive to inoculate 1 crore 80 lac children however, the drivehas been halted in Lahore due to religious congregation (Tablighi Ijtemah) as maximum polio workers are busy in the Ijtemah.
Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.
There is evidence in tests conducted on sewage samples in some of the country s major cities that the polio virus is starting to spread beyond these isolated pockets and could soon spark fresh polio outbreaks in more densely populated areas.
The virus has been cornered to just a handful of areas in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the three countries where polio is endemic. Global cases have dropped by more than 99.9 percent in less than three decades, from 350,000 in 1985 to just 223 last year, according to the GPEI.
The World Health Organization says as long as any child remains infected, children everywhere are at risk.