Anti-Polio Drive Kicks Off In City.

LAHORE -- Deputy Commissioner Umer Sher Chattha on Saturday formally inaugurated anti-polio drive by administering vaccine to children at Mian Mir Hospital here.

During the five-day drive starting from June 27, around two million children under five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops. As many as 6,360 teams have been formed for the purpose. Chattha said that union council monitoring officers and area in-charges would perform duties in the field to make polio drive a success. He said that all district officers and assistant commissioners would monitor the drive in their respective tehsil. He urged parents to get their children administered with anti-polio drops to protect them from lifelong disability. 'Polio-free Lahore is our mission,' he said. The deputy commissioner warned that no one would be allowed to show careless attitude towards the campaign. He said that immunization of every child below five years of age would be ensured.



The anti-polio campaign will begin in seven districts of the province from June 27. Provincial Minister Khwaja Salman Rafique and Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal jointly presided over a meeting to review the arrangements for the campaign at the Civil Secretariat here on Saturday.

The meeting was informed that 5.08 million children up to the age of five years would be vaccinated during the campaign. The drive will continue till July 3 in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Layyah and Mianwali districts. More than 39,000 polio workers will perform their duties during the campaign.

Rafique directed the authorities concerned to make the anti-polio campaign a success. He said that the country must be made polio-free. 'For complete eradication of polio, everyone needs to continue working...

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