39690, children administered anti polio drop in Chitral District
CHITRAL: During the four-day anti-polio campaign carried out
in ten union councils of Chitral, 39690 children were provided with
oral polio vaccine for which 206 teams had been constituted while
no refusal case from the parents was reported from anywhere.
District health officer, Dr. Israrullah told the local media on
Saturday that due to the recent snowfall in the district, the
campaign was restricted to ten union councils as it was not
possible to carry it out in the fourteen snow-bound union councils.
He said that to facilitate the parents of the children of age below
5 years, extensive arrangement had been made by constituting 179
mobile team, establishing 16 fixed centres, 5 roaming teams and 6
He said that to ensure that no child is left from vaccination due
to one reason or the other, a follow up team was sent to each
village on the final day of the campaign which combed down hundreds
of children without being vaccinated.
“As many as 687 police personnel had been deployed to provide
security to the staff deployed on vaccination duty while extensive
security arrangement had been in Arandu and other areas bordering
the Kunar province of Afghanistan”, he said.
“We had to be more vigilant on the areas in the Southern union
councils including Arandu and Arandu whose villages bordered Kunar
province of Afghanistan which posed a potential source of the virus
due to their contiguity with the border areas while a number of
polio cases had recently been reported from the Afghan areas”, he
He said that the response from the civil society for the success of
the campaign has always been encouraging and positive and the
department has always enlisted their support to ensure hundred
percent coverage of the population and the outcome is that the
district has been polio-free from the last three decades.
The DHO said that the campaign will be launched in all the
remaining fourteen union councils of the district by the end of
March as all the areas will be cleared of snow and avalanches.