Islamabad - The sewage samples collected from Islamabad have been tested negative for the poliovirus for the consecutive 6th time that means absence of virus circulation and good quality immunisation campaigns in the federal capital.

This was shared at a meeting held at Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Capital Development Authority (CDA), on Tuesday chaired by Mohammad Ayub, secretary ministry of national health services regulation & coordination.

Ayub highly appreciated the fact that the good quality of Capital Development Authority polio campaign is being reflected by consecutive six negative environment samples.

The objective was to assess the ongoing polio campaign.

Dr Hasan Orooj, head of Capital Development Authority health directorate, briefed about organisational and operational plans for the ongoing polio campaign.

He deliberated upon the healthcare system in Islamabad, which in urban area is delivered by DHS Capital Development Authority and in rural area by the ICT.

He said out of 38,803 children, almost 36,483 were covered on the first day of the ongoing anti-polio campaign. Some 129 refusal cases were reported while 2,560 children were not available.

The secretary health was informed about high-risk areas and pockets of Pashtun population, which have been earmarked and mapped by Capital Development Authority.

These areas included Budhara, Jhangi Syedan, I-11 slums, Mera Abadi, Saraey Kharbooza and Ternol, in addition to some urban slums in the middle of the city.