Pakistan Girl Guides asked to join polio immunization team

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ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq on Thursday urged the members of the Pakistan Girl Guides Association (PGGA) to join the efforts of national polio team to give a final push to poliovirus.

She said this while addressing the delegation of PGGA who
visited National Emergency Operations Centre on Thursday.

Prime Minister’s Focal Person appreciated the motivation of the Pakistan Girl Guides Association,  Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar from National Emergency Operations Centre briefed the members on the mode of transmission of polio virus and repercussions of not being polio free.

Stressing on the importance of the immunization, Dr. Safdar apprised the participants that vaccination is the top public health achievement of the 20th century.

Giving the global context of the immunization, he mentioned that about 30 million children still do not have access to basic immunization services and almost three million die each year from vaccine preventable diseases.

“Before launch of eradication efforts, polio used to infect 350,000 children globally every year”, said Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar in his presentation.

He highlighted that reaching and vaccinating every child in each round is the only way to win this war against the virus and vaccinating child multiple times adds to immunity and also protects.

The delegation visited the Federal Expanded Program on Immunization and National Emergency Operations Centre and witnessed state of the art vaccine storage mechanism of the country.

The delegation of Pakistan Girl Guides Association comprising trainers from across the country was also briefed on the scale of efforts for polio eradication and routine immunization in the country.