Mandi Bahauddin (MBDN News 23 December 2020) Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ali Basra has said that saving the nation’s infants from lifelong disability is no less than worship, ensuring completion of campaign for polio vaccination as per targets. The role of scholars and media for public awareness in anti-polio / EPI and anti-typhoid campaigns cannot be ignored, their services should be fully utilized.
He expressed these views while presiding over a review meeting on preparations for EPI vaccination and anti-polio campaign at the DC office. The meeting was attended by CEO Health Dr. Ilyas Gondal, District Health Officer Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, DDHOs Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Dr. Khalid Abbasi, MS Mandi Bahauddin, Dr. Akhtar Hussain Baloch, Phalia Dr. Bushra Chaudhry, Malikwal Dr. Nasir Waqar, District Focal Person. Apart from EPI / Polio, Naheed, WHO Representative Dr. Sadaf, PA to CO Health Arsalan Rauf and other concerned officers were also present.
Briefing the meeting, CO Health said that preparations for the anti-polio drive from January 11 to January 15, 2021 have been completed. In which 270,815 children up to the age of five years will be vaccinated against polio. 70 fixed, 721 mobile teams, 43 transit, 70 UCMOs, 162 area in-charges and 1830 polio workers of the health department will participate in this campaign.
He said that children would also be given vitamin A capsules during the polio campaign. The Deputy Commissioner directed that no child up to the age of five years should be deprived of vaccination in houses, huts, bus stands, railway stations, kilns, camps and public places. He directed the anti-polio teams of the health department. He said that complete eradication of polio should be our main goal and the work should not be considered as complete only by vaccinating a fixed number of children. He said that as per the directive of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the national campaign against polio in the district It will be completed under the spirit of patriotism.
Later, Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ali Basra, while presiding over the meeting regarding anti-typhoid campaign, said that typhoid is a dangerous deadly disease, a three-year immunization course to protect children from deadly diseases like typhoid to build a healthy society. He said that effective measures are being taken at the government level to ensure that parents get vaccinated in their children to increase their immunity against typhoid so as to ensure the future health of the nation.
Briefing the meeting, CO Health Dr. Ilyas Gondal said that all arrangements have been made to make the anti-typhoid campaign 100% successful from February 1 to February 13, 2021. The Deputy Commissioner directed the officers of the Health Department. That no child between the ages of 9 months and 15 years should be deprived of vaccinations in the Union Councils appointed in the anti-typhoid campaign. He said that the anti-typhoid campaign starting from February 1 should be implemented as per the micro plan to make it 100 percent successful.