Seven-day anti-polio marketing campaign launched in Islamabad

Anti-Polio Campaign, Islamabad, Children, Rawalpindi

ISLAMABAD: The district administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has launched a seven-day anti-polio marketing campaign by which kids under the age of 5 years can be vaccinated.

According to particulars, Additional Deputy Commissioner East Usman Ashraf together with District Health Officer Zaeem Zia and Director Health Services Dr Iqbal Afridi began the anti-polio marketing campaign by administering polio drops to kids below 5 years of age at CDA Health Centre I-8 Markaz.

Speaking on the event, Usman Ashraf stated that the marketing campaign would proceed until November 28 and polio groups and well being employees would administer polio drops home to accommodate.

He stated that 408,000 kids as much as 5 years of age could be administered anti-polio drops. The groups may also go to public locations, markets, bus stands and different locations to achieve the goal, he informed.

He directed the officers to work as a crew and take diligent and critical measures to achieve the specified purpose.

Earlier in September, it was reported that the National Polio Lab (NPL) detected polio virus in sewage water samples collected from 5 cities, together with Peshawar, Swat, Rawalpindi, Bannu and South Waziristan.

They added that the NPL detected poliovirus in 17 climatic samples collected from KP, eight from Punjab and one from Sindh and Islamabad. The lab has detected the virus in sewage water samples collected from 5 cities, sources added.

In the present 12 months, NPL has detected the Polio virus for the eighth time in samples collected from Bannu, the fourth time in Peshawar, the third time in Rawalpindi and Swat, entire for the primary time in South Waziristan.

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