ISLAMABAD: The first national polio campaign in 2019 scheduled for Monday was postponed altogether in 21 districts and partly in 14 districts due to poor weather conditions.
According to a press release issued by the Islamic National Assistance Center (ISS), Islamabad, the campaign has been postponed in 21 districts – one in Heibert Pachtunhwa, five in AJK and four in Gilgit-Baltistan, nine in Sind and one in Punjab, and Islamabad.
According to the details shared by the EOC, the areas in which the campaign has been fully postponed are: Chitral in KP; Bagh, Poonch, Sadnuti, Haveli, and Neelam in AJK; Astore, Ghizer, Hunza and Nagar in GB; Shikarpur, Naushahro Feroze, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazizabad, Qambar, Jacobabad, Matiari, Hydarabad and Tando Allahyar in Sindh; Rawalpindi in Punjab and Islamabad.
The campaign was partially postponed in 14 areas. They are: Manshera, Abattabad, Gorna Dir, Svat and Lakki Marvat in KP; Jhelum Valley in AJK; Sohbat Pur in Balochistan; Skardu in GB; and Sanghar, Tata, Badin, Kashmir, Sukkur and Umercott in Sind.
EOC Coordinator Dr. Rana Mohammad Safdar praised the commitment of front line officers to cope with all chances and reach the maximum number of children in this critical national campaign.
"The National EAC, in coordination with the provinces and districts, tracks the progress of the campaign across the country. The door-to-door vaccination campaign in all deferred areas will take place as soon as time improves, "he said.
An official in the polio eradication program, quoting a quote, said it was a pity that the campaign was launched despite the rain and snow forecast.
It is worth mentioning that polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a poliovirus that affects mainly children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis or even death. Although there is no drug for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from this crippling disease.
Every time a child under the age of five is vaccinated, their protection against the virus increases. Repeated immunizations have protected millions of children from poliomyelitis, allowing almost all countries of the world to become free of polio.
In the year 2018, 12 wild polyovirus cases were reported in the country – three of the Duki area in Baluchistan, one from Chardada, one from Lakki Marvat in KP, one from Gadap, Karachi, one from Heyber and five from the Bajazar tribe. district KP.
This shows a total reduction of 97% in the number of annual polio cases from the highest 306 reported in 2014.
Despite this significant achievement, the poliovirus has found a way to survive. In December, samples of waste water collected by Karachi, Peshawar, Bannu, Lahore, Ravalpindi, Kila Abdullah, Pishin and Quetta received a positive result for poliovirus.
Posted in Dawn, January 22, 2019