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3-Day Anti Polio Drive in Quetta before Muharram Processions

Quetta – The three-day anti polio drive will start in Quetta on Saturday, two days ahead of the Muharram processions.

According to Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Balochistan, all the arrangements have been concluded for the three days Sub-National Immunization Days (SNID) in 12 districts of Balochistan. The campaign in Quetta will start ahead of the two days from other 11 districts—Killa Abdullah, Pishin, Killa Saifullah, Khuzdar, Loralai, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Dera Bugti, Lasbela, Sherani and Zhob.

At least 375,906 children will be administered anti-polio drops in Quetta alone while 927 teams will work in these three days. Around 27,998 children of Afghan refugees will be administered anti-polio drops, spokesperson EOC said.

Spokesperson for EOC Balochistan said the three-day drive is aimed at vaccinating over 1.36 million children in 12 districts, including Quetta. As many as 3,320 mobile teams, 357 fixed and 173 teams will be working at Transit Points.

Secretary Health Balochistan Noorul Haq Baloch has said that the campaign will be better than the previous one as Chief Secretary himself will also monitor the campaign.

“The previous campaign in September was comparatively better but we are expecting to improve the quality in this campaign,” he said. “Laxity and no teams will not be acceptable. We are committed to eradicate the polio from Balochistan at the earliest,” he further added.

Staff report

Published in The Balochistan Point on October 9, 2015

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