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