Polio drive in Karachi from July 20 | Pakistan Today

Polio drive in Karachi from July 20

KARACHI: The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Polio in Sindh would conduct a small-scale polio campaign in Karachi from July 20.

Baldia, Orangi, North Nazimabad, Liaqatabad and SITE are among the locations where the campaign would be held in which approximately 260,000 children, under the age of five, would be administered oral polio vaccine.

This is the first polio-campaign since the breakout of Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan. Following this small-scale campaign, wider scope campaigns will be conducted on a monthly basis in Sindh until the end of the year.

EOC spokesperson said that “these campaigns are of utmost importance as we must give children oral polio vaccine to save them from polio and to ensure a healthy future for them. Pakistan is one of the two polio-endemic countries in the world along with Afghanistan and has so far reported a total of 58 polio cases out of which 20 cases are from Sindh.”

EOC faced a setback due to the pandemic when global polio campaigns were halted in March and it is absolutely necessary now that these vaccines are provided to fill the immunity gap in children, the spokesperson added.

Talking about the safety measures during the campaign, he said that “We are taking all WHO recommended precautionary measures for the upcoming campaigns, parents have nothing to fear.”

“Our workers have been provided sanitisers, masks, gloves and will not directly handle any child, not knock on doors and not interact closely with parents, spending minimum time at the doorsteps,” spokesperson assured.

In order to make up for the gap in campaigns, EOC Sindh has requested all parents to cooperate with polio teams and give their children, who are under the age of five, two drops of the polio vaccine every time they are offered.