By Our Reporter
QUETTA: A three-day anti-polio campaign will kick off on Monday (today) throughout Balochistan covering its 30 districts. At least 2234425 children below the age of five years will be administered anti-polio vaccines and 6095 teams, comprising the health workers and volunteers, have been formed to carry out the drive successfully.
At least, 3 polio cases were reported in Quetta in current year 2012.
Addressing a press Conference, the focal person of Anti-Polio Campaign, Doctor Ghafar Lashari, said that the polio is a dangerous virus and it has been driven out almost worldwide.
“Unfortunately, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are among those countries where polio virus has not been fully eradicated despite the strenuous efforts of the respective governments and international donor agencies,” he said and added that since previous year, as many as 198 polio cases had been reported in Pakistan and 73 from Balochistan but this year (2012) just three cases had been reported in provincial capital.
Speaking on the occasion, Doctor Abdul Wahab from World Health Organization (WHO) said that teachers, notables and religious scholars should sensitize the parents about the crippling nature of the disease.
“Educated segments of society should play their role and coordinate with the health teams and vaccinate their children below the age of five years against polio disease,” he added.
To create awareness in common man regarding the hazards of crippling virus, the Anti Polio Campaign Organization, organized a walk as a part of awareness creating move. Moreover, cricket matches and painting exhibitions were also held in different parts of the provincial capital other districts of Balochistan in this regard where a large number of people participated and expressed their strongest resolve to l make Balochistan a Polio free society.
It may be mentioned here that at least 73 polio cases were reported in Balochistan in 2011 and three cases have been reported in 2012 causing alarm in the concerned quarters.
By Our Reporter