FAISALABAD

A total of 1.188 million children of five year age would be administrated polio vaccine drops during a three-day anti-polio campaign in the district from November 18.

This was disclosed at a meeting of district polio eradication committee held under the chairmanship of DCO Noorul Amin Mengal. It was said that 2,755 teams had been constituted by the Health Department out of which 2,240 mobile teams would visit door to door and 370 teams would be fixed at different sites while 145 teams would remain in transit for polio vaccination of the children. Some 458 area in-charges and 289 union council monitoring officers would supervise the performance of the vaccination staff during the campaign, he said.

Reviewing arrangements, the DCO emphasised for lunching of an effective awareness campaign to educate parent for achievement of 100 percent results. He said that announcements should be made through loudspeakers besides displaying of the banners at conspicuous places including the gates of all public and private schools.

The DCO directed that declamation contest be arranged among schoolchildren to highlight the polio issue. He said that a message also be generated through all cellular companies to create awareness about the anti polio drive. The DCO directed that special jackets of catchy colour be provided to the polio vaccination teams for their visible identification. He asked the EDO education to circulate the directions to all public and private schools for demanding vaccination cards of the children at the time of admission.

He said the union council secretaries be made bound for not recording birth registration without the preliminary vaccination cards. He directed the health officials to use advance methodology of information to keep the entire data of children in the district ready so that no child may remain unattended for vaccination. He said that the forthcoming polio round should be made successful by joint efforts of all concerned departments.

He warned that any carelessness and irresponsible attitude of the relevant staff would not be tolerated. Earlier, EDO Health Dr Waqar Sadiq and DO Health Dr Liaqat Ali gave briefing about the polio vaccination planning. They said that the vaccination staff was being imparted with proper training to make the campaign a success.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Sardar Akram Javed and DCO Noorul Amin Mengal jointly visited tyre markets and warehouses to check the dengue larva.

They went to Shoib Bilal Market near General Bus Stand and inspected various tyre shops. He asked the shopkeepers to keep cleanliness in their shops and surroundings for avoiding dengue virus.

They directed the Health and Environment departments officials to get criminal cases registered against the persons causing breeding of dengue mosquito in any shape.

Earlier, the Commissioner and DCO visited Allied Hospital to check medical treatment arrangements for the dengue patients and took a round of special dengue ward. On the occasion, PMC Principal Dr Zahid Yasin Hashmi briefed that there was three dengue patients in Allied Hospital who were affected by the virus out of the district.

The Commissioner stressed upon the massive and affective awareness among general public and said that big boards pertaining to the precautionary measures against the menace should be displayed on the important public places and institutions. EDO Health Dr Waqar Sadiq, DO Health Dr Liaqat Ali, ACR Mahr Shafqatullah Mushtaq were also present on the occasion.