On Sunday, Rashid Razzaq Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) announced that a four-day polio campaign will start in all 33 districts of the province from tomorrow.
As per the coordinator, all preparations have been completed for the anti-polio drive. About 10,585 teams will be organized to cover over 2.5 million children of less than five years.
There will be around 8,988 mobile teams, 941 fixed and 594 transit teams have been positioned in the whole province to guarantee that all the children are administered polio drops. The provincial coordinator said that we have adopted strict security to avoid any unexpected situation. Balochistan Levies force, police, and Frontier Corps (FC) will be installed to protect the polio workers.
As per the reports, religious scholars have also been supporting in persuading parents who normally refuse to administer polio drops to their children.
Appreciating the frontline polio workers, the EOC coordinator said their efforts were admirable; however, he added that there was much to be done to end the virus once and for all.
Pakistan has reported a total of seventy-nine polio cases this year, out of which twenty-three were discovered in Balochistan.
Speaking on World Polio Day, Rotary Club President Mohammad Ahsan Achakzai said that Pakistan saw a surge in polio cases due to disruptions in routine immunization activities, the slowdown in polio campaign supplementary immunization activities, and increased mistrust in communities on health services following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
He further added that polio is a threat that the world needs to get rid of. We should work together to provide our children and future generations a healthier life that is free of health risks like polio, stated Mohammad Ahsan Achakzai.