Polio campaign to be intensified in Sindh: Health Minister

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel said on Thursday that efforts to eradicate polio are to be intensified and expressed confidence that the anti-polio campaign in Sindh will be successful.

Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel chaired an anti-polio meeting in which coordinator Emergency Operation Cell Sindh briefed the health minister regarding the prevailing polio situation.

The Health Minister said that despite being a densely populated city, the provincial government’s efforts for polio eradication in Karachi are commendable. The minister also appreciated the role of police and other law enforcement agencies which ensured the safety of polio vaccinators.

Patel said that the team is striving to ensure that no child is deprived of the polio vaccine. Earlier, a target was set to vaccinate more than two million children in Karachi against polio, and was successfully achieved.

According to health department officials, the campaign’s new target is to vaccinate more than eight million children in the province. Polio vaccinators will go door-to-door in the entire Sindh to achieve this ambitious target, health department officials said.

While not many cases of polio were reported in Sindh this year, the target of vaccinating 2.2 million children of Karachi was met. The health department appealed to parents of children below the age of five-years to be cooperative with polio vaccinators.