Polio vaccination drive starts from Sept 3




A five-day long anti-polio campaign will start again in district Rawalpindi from September 3.

According to media reports, 850,000 children would be administered polio drops during the campaign.

Mobile teams for door-to-door campaign besides special counters at major public points including transport stands, railway stations, airports, basic health centers and in hospitals would also be set up to ensure the run concludes successfully.

A senior official of the health authority said more than 1,138 people in the district had refused to administer the vaccine to their children.

He said the health department has faced resistance after fake viral videos on social media created propaganda against the inoculation campaign.

He said in Rawalpindi such a large number of refusal cases are unusual.

Officials said that staffers deployed for the campaign are instructed that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.

A few months back in January, the crippling virus was detected in a sewage line in the garrison city. Two campaigns later, environmental samples came back negative for the disease.

Experts have expressed their concern over the situation, saying the disease could make a comeback should people stick to their resistance to the safe vaccine and have called for the government to run campaigns highlighting on the importance of getting children inoculated.

The district administration had asked the health authority to administer polio drops to children in each and every school.

In the last campaign, over 290,000 children were administered the polio vaccine on first day while the set target of the campaign, which was 840,000 children, was achieved in May.