ISLAMABAD - Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, while chairing a high-level meeting held in the Chief Commissioner office, reviewed the progress of polio immunisation coverage achieved in the recently concluded anti-polio drive in the urban and rural areas of the capital.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mahmood Pirzada, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed, District Health Officer Islamabad Dr Muhammad Azhar, Assistant Commissioners, officials of World Health Organization and Capital Development Authority (CDA) attended the meeting.

The Chief Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and officials of CDA briefed Shahnaz about the anti-polio campaign results. It was informed that comprehensive arrangements were made in co-ordination with all the related departments including Islamabad Traffic Police, ICT Revenue Department, Local Government and Rural Development Department, District Population Welfare Department and Federal Directorate of Education.

According to an official handout, the District Health Department Islamabad has achieved the converge target successfully and immunized 111,956 children in the rural areas of the capital. Teachers, students, lady health workers and social mobilizers also participated in this immunization drive and the targets set for the drive achieved successfully.

Assistant commissioners and magistrates were also deployed in their respective areas that ensured strict monitoring of mobile teams through extensive area visits. Moreover, comprehensive logistic support was also provided to the teams.

The CDA officials also gave a detailed briefing to the participants and informed that special arrangements were made by them in the urban areas for the coverage of polio immunization and 125,000 children administered anti-polio drops during the drive.  Shahnaz Wazir Ali highly appreciated the performance of the ICT Administration and concerned departments and said that the ICT Administration had shown excellent performance under the guidance of Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Tariq Mahmood Pirzada.

She said that eradication of polio was the top health priority of the government for which concerted efforts were under way. She directed the officials to re-double their efforts in this regard and involve all the segments of the society including parliamentarians, celebrities, educational institutions, private schools and university students and particularly the parents, in these polio eradication campaigns for making them successful.