RAWALPINDI-The three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign will commence on June 22 and the health department has been asked to pay special attention to the internally displaced children, residing in District Rawalpindi. These directives were issued during a meeting in which matters pertaining to the preparatory steps in this regard were also discussed. EDO Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal, EDO (Revenue) Muhammad Asif Qureshi, DHO Dr Khalid Randhava, Medical Superintendent District Headquarters Hospital Dr Khalid Iqbal Malik and others attended the meeting. EDO Revenue informed the meeting that the vaccination teams would pay their special attention on the children belonging to the Buner and other districts of Malakand Division, as there is a potential danger of the transfer of poliovirus in other children. The three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign would start from June 22 and will be concluded on June24. Addressing the meeting, the EDO Revenue urged the IDPs, residing in district Rawalpindi, to avail the opportunity and ensure administering of anti-polio drops to their children. Muhammad Asif Qurashi called for joint efforts to prevent spread of poliovirus, and also requested the Rawalpindi citizens to inform them about such IDP children living in their surroundings at Toll Free No 0800-12012. He said that polio-free Rawalpindi district was his objective and he was sure the goal would be achieved. He said that if any staffer of health department found involved in negligence in his/her duties during the campaign would be dealt strictly. EDO Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal said that total 655,000 children excluding IDPs children would be administrated with anti polio vaccine, 1200 mobile teams have been formed while 245 vaccinations have been established across Rawalpindi district. Our staff reporter adds from Islamabad-The World Bank approved two projects totalling $135 million to help the government strengthen social safety nets and eradicate polio. The increase in global food and fuel prices of Pakistans ongoing energy crisis has raised the vulnerability of the countrys poor to an unprecedented level. Pakistans publicly financed social safety net programmes are limited in their coverage, administration, targeting efficiency and ability to respond to stocks. The $60 million Pakistan Social Safety Net Technical Assistance Project will exchange the operation and management of a nation wide, effective and transparent safety net system for the poor in Pakistan to cushion the negative effects of the food and economic crisis. The government of Pakistan is committed to developing a modern safety net system said Yusupha Crookes, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. The project will assist system in establishing an effective social safety net that provides poor people basic income support The WB also approved 74.68 million dollar to support the governments efforts to eradicate polio. Pakistan has made progress in its efforts to eradicate Polio since 1997, with taw number of confirmed cases decreasing substantially from around 1,147 in 1997 to 32 in 2997. However, in 2008 there was an increase in virus transmission with 117 cases reported, spread across all for provinces. The Third Partnership for Polio Eradication Project, which is part of the global polio eradication initiative will help Pakistan move towards eradicating the disease from its territory by ensuring timely supply and effective use of Oral Vaccine, targeting children less than five years of age.