National polio drive begins in Mirpur-AJK

National polio drive begins in Mirpur-AJK
MIRPUR  ( AJK): Oct 02 (APP):A total of 73082 children under the age of 5 years would be administered in anti-polio drive and vitamin ‘A’ drops during the 5-day nationwide anti-polio campaign which commenced in Mirpur.
The district has been divided into six zones with the induction of one supervisor in each zone to implement the drive.
One Ward In charge will supervise the campaign in the determined area falling in each Union Council in the district,
the District Health Officer Dr. Fida Hussain disclosed while talking to APP in his office here on Monday unveiling the
plan of the national drive against polio in the district to be continued till October 6 without any break.
Mirpur Deputy Commissioner Ch. Amjad Iqbal inaugurated the campaign hosted at the DHO office here and administered the polio vaccine besides the vitamin ‘A’ drops to children under 05 years of age.
The DHO continued that Medical officers will supervise the campaign in all 28 Union Councils besides the Ward Incharges deputed to supervise the drive in 88 other union councils.
Dr. Fida said that a total of 431 mobile teams were constituted and 42 fixed centers have been set up in the district to immunize the children with the anti-polio vaccine. Besides, 14 transit points have also been carved out in various parts
of Mirpur district to feed the travelling children with the anti-polio vaccine and vitamin ‘A’ drops during the campaign.
Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Ch. Amjad Iqbal has advised the parents to get their children saved from the disease of polio by fully cooperating the mobile medical teams,  besides the transit points and fixed centers by getting their children under 05 years of age immunized with the polio vaccine and the vitamin ‘A’ drops during the five-day national campaign being conducted from Oct. 02 to Oct. 06 across the district besides rest of the country including AJK.
The DC emphasized that there was an earnest need for accountability and commitment to this global cause to achieving
the target for complete eradication of this fatal disease.
Amjad Iqbal advised the parents to cooperate with the visiting mobile paramedic teams to make the national anti-polio campaign a complete success.
Meanwhile, it is officially stated that no case of polio disease to any child was reported in Azad Jammu Kashmir including in this district since the year 2000.
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