ISLAMABAD          –        Nationwide Emergency and Operations Middle (NEOC) on Thursday mentioned that greater than 700,000 youngsters have been vaccinated in opposition to polio in choose districts of Pakistan.

A press release launched mentioned {that a} whole of 722,500 youngsters have been vaccinated in opposition to polio after a vaccination drive was carried from 20-28 July in choose districts throughout Pakistan.  It mentioned this was the primary polio vaccination marketing campaign launched after a four-month hiatus was put in place following the primary indicators of COVID-19 transmission within the nation. 

For this small-scale marketing campaign, frontline staff carried out door-to-door vaccination of kids underneath the age of 5 years in South Waziristan and elements of Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad and Attock.  The marketing campaign was launched in these specific districts to assist construct immunity of kids in opposition to the virus and to focus on steady poliovirus circulation. 

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Frontline staff additionally helped to boost consciousness on COVID-19 preventive measures, distribute soaps and masks to the neighborhood, and encourage moms and youngsters to acquire different important vaccinations and antenatal care providers. 

To make sure the safety of frontline staff and youngsters within the COVID-19 context, the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme skilled frontline staff and developed procedures on COVID-19 preventative measures for them to comply with, particularly for the secure dealing with of kids and for social distancing.  Vaccinators have been additionally supplied with face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers. 

“The programme worked very hard to devise operational modalities to resume campaigns while keeping in mind the safety of our communities and frontline workers. We also carried out intense trainings for our frontline workers on maintaining a safe distance, using a mask and sanitizing their hands while carrying out their duties,” mentioned Dr. Rana Safdar, Coordinator of the Nationwide Emergency Operations Centre, Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme.  

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Dr. Rana Safdar additionally shared that he was, “very impressed with the efforts of noble frontline workers to maintain the new operational modalities while carrying out the vaccination of vulnerable children. I hope that parents continue to cooperate with us and prioritise their children’s vaccination against polio in the upcoming campaigns.”

The Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme has deliberate bigger case response campaigns in choose elements of the nation in August and September of this 12 months, adopted by back-to-back nationwide vaccination campaigns throughout the nation in October, November and December.  Kids will proceed to obtain routine immunisation providers at mounted well being centres throughout the nation as nicely.