ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring & Coordinating Cell released the independent evaluation of the post-polio campaign held in January declaring 67 districts as unsatisfactory in terms of covering the required percentage of children.

Analysing the situation in Balochistan, it was observed that major Union Councils of districts Awaran, Barkhan, Chaghai, Dera Bugti, Gawadar, Harnai, Killa Abdullah, Kharan, Khuzdar, Killa Saifullah, Lasbela, Loralai, Mastung, Musakhel, Nasirabad, Pishin, Quetta, Sharani, Washuk, Zhob and Ziarat had unsatisfactory polio vaccination coverage in the last campaign i.e. below 95 per cent.   Situation of FATA was also noted with concern where majority of agencies were flagged as areas where polio coverage was sub-optimal including Khyber, Kurram, Mohmand, North Waziristan, Tank, F.R Lakki, F.R Kohat and F.R. Peshawar.

During the last polio campaign more than 20 per cent Union Councils of Abbottabad, Buner, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Hungo, Lakki Marwat, Malakand, Mansehra and Torgarh had sub-optimal results.

According to the monitoring of the last immunisation campaign, finger marking vaccination coverage in Punjab indicated that more than 10 per cent of the Union Councils of Gujrat, Hafizabad, Jehlum, Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Rahimyar Khan and Sahiwal were marked as sub-optimal ( unsatisfactory level of anti-polio vaccination coverage) where immunisation coverage was below 95 per cent. 

In the recent immunisation campaign, more than 20 per cent Union Councils of Dadu, Kambar, Sanghar, Tando Muhammad Khan had an unsatisfactory polio coverage i.e below 95 per cent.

Independent evaluation of Karachi indicated that more than 20 per cent Union Councils of Bin Qasim, Gadap, Gulberg, Jamsheed, Korangi, Lyari, Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Orangi, Saddar, Shah Faisal and SITE area had unsatisfactory polio coverage during last campaign.

Evaluation of last polio campaign held in Islamabad showed that around 52 per cent UCs of CDA territory and 52 per cent UCs of ICT showed unsatisfactory coverage.  The Prime Minister Polio Monitoring & Coordination Cell has urged the districts to prepare well for the next round which will be held from March 12-14, 2012 in 68 districts and FATA to ensure that every eligible child is reached.  The DCOs have been requested to lead the preparatory phase so that all bottlenecks are removed and performance of the coverage teams is at the optimal level during the upcoming round.

About 12 polio cases have been reported in two months of 2012 including two from Quetta (Balochistan), 2 from Khyber Agency, (FATA), one from North Waziristan (FATA), one from Mirpurkhas, (Sindh), one from Hyderabad (Sindh), one case from Peshawar, one from Lakki Marwat, one from D.I.Khan and one from Kohat, (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and one from Jhang (Punjab).

The continuous rise in polio cases is seen as an alarming situation.