Parents of over 38,000 children refused to administer polio drops to their kids during the immunization campaign in Karachi, a private news channel reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, a meeting chaired by Sindh Minister for Health Azra Fazal Pechuhu was informed that the vaccination drive targeted over 250,000 children in 23 union councils of the metropolis.
Initially, 38,000 refusals were reported during the polio campaign but later 20,000 children were vaccinated after their parents were persuaded, the meeting was briefed. It added that 18,700 children are yet to be administered polio drops during the drive.
According to the report, the minister vowed to continue efforts until no child is left behind from the vaccination process. “We will persuade the parents at all cost,” she said while announcing the next anti-polio campaign in the city in August.
It is pertinent to mention here that on July 27, it was reported that first polio immunization campaign in the country during Covid-19 pandemic has achieved desired results as 94 per cent of the targeted children were administered polio drops during the drive.
“In the first phase, the vaccination campaign was carried out in Karachi, Faisalabad, Attock, South Waziristan, and Quetta areas of the country,” they said adding that special training was given to polio workers to avoid contracting Covid-19 during the campaign and maintaining social distancing.