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 April 09, 2017



Four-day special national immunization days (SNIDs) scheduled to be held from 17th April

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: While reviewing the arrangements for the forthcoming four-day special national immunization days (SNIDs) scheduled to start from 17th April, the meeting of district polio eradication committee pointed out a number of loopholes as noted in the past campaigns which were of rudimentary nature.

Chaired by deputy commissioner Chitral, Shahab Hamid Yousufzai, the meeting was told by a number of monitoring officers that the very micro-plans for the SNIDs had not been prepared for more than half of the twenty four union councils of the district which greatly impeded the smooth running of the campaign.

It was stressed that the micro-plans were the basic gadget for setting the campaigns on rolling which carried minute details of the arrangements ranging from door-to-door workers and the area supervisors to the security plan and without which it the deployment of police force was not possible.

The district police officer, Syed Ali Akbar Shah also pointed out that last time, the police was not provided with the list of the field staff in ten union councils and substantiated his claim by showing the list sent by the health department in which the columns against ten union councils were absolutely blank and did not carry any name.

He told the meeting that 1443 personnel of Chitral police will be deployed for providing extensive security to the field staff and asked the health department for timely provision of the lists of the staff on all tiers.

The meeting was told by district health officer Dr. Israrullah and EPI coordinator Dr. Irshad Ahmed that the number of targeted children for the polio oral vaccination is 72 thousands for which 342 mobile teams had been constituted apart from the fixed centres and transit points.

It was also decided on the occasion to approach the provincial coordination of Polio Eradication Program to transport the vaccines toChitral at least a week before the commencement of the SNIDs so that they could be transported to all the areas of the district well before time.

Most of the district heads of various departments of the provincial government, who were ex-officio members of the apex committee for the polio eradication on district level, were either absent or their departments were being represented by clerical staff but the DC did not take any notice.



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