ISLAMABAD: Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Nationwide Well being Providers, Laws and Coordination, Dr Faisal Sultan on Friday launched the primary Sub-Nationwide Immunization Days (SNIDs) marketing campaign of the 12 months 2022.
The polio vaccination marketing campaign will begin from January 24 in all 4 provinces, masking 70 districts throughout Pakistan to vaccinate over 22.4 million youngsters beneath 5 years previous.
Nevertheless, the vaccination drive was began in six high-risk districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from January 17.
Over 150,000 skilled and devoted “Sehat Muhafiz” will probably be engaged within the vaccination drive to inoculate the focused youngsters at their doorstep. This can assist construct common immunity amongst prone youngsters to guard them from polio.
“Our purpose is to make sure well timed and repeated vaccination of eligible youngsters. In 2022, the Polio programme will give attention to sustaining the positive factors achieved in 2021. A focused strategy is being adopted to handle the challenges in high-risk areas,” mentioned Dr Faisal whereas inaugurating the anti-polio marketing campaign.
He mentioned, “The nation has recorded a historic low variety of instances in 2021 and we don’t wish to lose this chance to lastly defeat this crippling illness by being vigilant and chronic.”
He examined the vaccination preparations and emphasised the significance of offering seamless companies to youngsters. He requested the dad and mom and caregivers to cooperate with the vaccinators for the protected way forward for their youngsters.
Dr. Shahzad Baig, Nationwide Coordinator, Polio Eradication Programme, Sundas Irshad, Emergency Operations Heart (EOC) Coordinator and Extra Well being Secretary, Major and Secondary Well being Care Division, have been amongst different dignitaries and authorities officers, who attended the occasion.
“The Polio programme is optimistic about controlling the poliovirus regardless of complicated challenges. I urge all stakeholders to make sure accessible and high quality vaccination companies to all eligible youngsters,” mentioned Dr Shahzad Baig.
Referring to the significance of repeated vaccination, he mentioned, “Polio vaccine is protected, and it helps to construct immunity amongst youngsters in opposition to the poliovirus. The repeated polio vaccination campaigns are crucial for constructing immunity amongst youngsters and stopping attainable demise or lifelong paralysis.”
Latest epidemiological information point out the declining development of polio instances and decreased detection of viruses in sewage samples suggesting the programme is on monitor.
The Sehat Tahhafuz Helpline 1166 and 24/7 WhatsApp Helpline 0346-777-65-46 will probably be out there to help dad and mom and caregivers in reporting missed youngsters and offering associated info.