The three-day anti-polio campaign has been started in D.I.Khan and its adjoining areas to administering oral polio vaccine to around Two lac seventy thousand children aged up to five years, across the district.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Omar Shah told our D.I.Khan correspondent Matiullah on Monday that elaborate arrangements have been made to prevent children from the crippling disease of polio through administration of anti polio drops

He said over 760 teams had been constituted including 668 mobile and 54 fixed and 38 transit teams to give polio drops to children at houses or other places including bus terminals, exit and entry points and markets of the district

He said the district was divided in union councils, supervised by 144 officials and to be visited by trained teams to vaccinate the targeted population of children in those areas. As part of efforts to reach out to maximum children, he said that the door-to-door campaign was widely publicized to create awareness among the parents regarding the polio vaccination.

However, he was of the view it was not a job of a single individual but all of us should shoulder responsibility to make the campaign successful by ensuring that no single child missed the vaccination.

He said the government and its partners in the campaign were struggling hard to make all cities including Dera Ismail Khan polio-free and during the last eight years no polio case had been found, speaking high volumes of sincere efforts being put up by the administration.

He informed that follow up activities were also carried out to provide the polio drops to the left out children and create awareness among parents regarding polio drops. He also said special arrangements had been made with a focus to administer anti-polio drops to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of South and North Waziristan.

He further said strategy had been adopted including advocacy to convince parents who denied polio drops to their children and these cases were gradually being addressed in a successful manner.

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