Quetta – The Balochistan Levies Force and police officials in Quetta block; Quetta, Pishin and Killah Abdullah, have been directed to assist the anti-polio campaigners in persuading 4,443 chronic refusal cases, the children who were not administered anti-polio drops.
Chairman Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Balochistan Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman has said that there were 44 percent refusal cases out of total 25 polio virus cases reported in 2014 in Balochistan while this year two cases out of four reported cases are refusals which make 50 percent.
Commissioner Quetta division Kambar Dashti and Coordinator Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman have jointly chaired a meeting at Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to review the refusal cases in Quetta, Pishin and Killah Abdullah. The top officials of WHO, UNICEF, BMGF chief Dr. Masood Jogezai, N-STOP Officer Aftab Kakar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Yaqoob Marri, ADC Pishin and Killah Abdullah had attended the meeting.
“Chronic Refusal cases are very serious. There were 11 out of total 25 cases were chronic refusal in 2014 while two out of four cases in 2015 in Balochistan are refusal,” Dr. Syed Saif said highlighting the issue of chronic refusal.
It was highlighted that there are 4,443 chronic refusal cases in Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah districts. Around 1,762 refusal cases are reported in Zarghon and 1, 219 in Chiltan Towns’ of Quetta district, around 719 in Pishin Tehsil, 133 in Karezat Teshil of Pishin district while 159 in Chaman Town, a town which shares border with Afghanistan, and 153 in Tehsil Killah Abdullah of Killah Abdullah district, the COMNET official presented.
“There are 4,443 children in 1541 houses in Quetta who are not administered anti-polio drops,” Dr. Syed Saif Ur Rehman said. “It is the time that every child should be administered anti-polio drops at any cost.”
Commissioner Quetta Kambar Dashti has inquired from the officials about the state of refusal cases. “The Commissioner office in Quetta with EOC Balochistan will closely monitor the situation to cover all these chronic refusal cases,” he told the meeting and directed the officials to take the list.
The list of the children along with the name and age were provided to deputy commissioners of Quetta, Killah Abdullah and Pishin. “All these refusal parents will be persuaded,” he said. “We are committed to eradicate the polio disease and administration will play a pivotal role in this regard.”
The officials have assured the meeting that they will constitute the committees to reach out these all chronic refusal. “The number will significantly decrease and the Commissioner Office and EOC will be informed about the progress in next week,” the officials of district administration from Quetta, Killah Abdullah and Pishin told the meeting.
Commissioner Quetta and EOC chair said he will get the progress report by next Monday.
Published in The Balochistan Point on August 10, 2015