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    September 28, 2016


Four-day anti polio campaign kicked off in Chitral

By Zahiruddin

More than seventy two thousand children of the age group of below 5 years will be administered polio drops in Chitral district for which 342 polio teams have been constituted while the four-day campaign was kicked off here on Monday.

District health officer Dr. Israrullah formally started the campaign by giving drop to a child in Children’s Hospital Chitral while Assistant Commissioner Chitral Iltaf Ahmed and district coordinator of Expand Program of Immunization (EPI) Dr. Irshad Ahmed were also in attendance who also gave polio drops to a number of children.

Talking on the occasion, Dr. Irshad Ahmed said that for the surveillance purpose of the campaign in all the 24 union councils of the district, 97 area inspectors have been deployed who will be overseen by 24 numbers of union council medical officers.

He said that nine numbers of transit points have been established to facilitate those who were traveling to and from the district with their children by road or by air.

He said that apart from the 342mobile teams, fixed centres have been established in all the health centres across the district so that hundred percent coverage could be extended to the children of target age.

The EPI coordinator said that elaborate arrangements had been made to provide security to the polio team working in the areas declared as sensitive while there is no previous record of attack or intimidation on polio teams.

He said that the incidents of refusal to polio drops by the parents has also been recorded in negligible number in the past.


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