KARACHI: The three day special four-day campaign to immunize 2,43,407 children in 11 high-risk union councils of Karachi, including its eight super high risk UCs, in a smooth manner under tight security cover provided by 700 men belonging to Karachi Capital Police.
The first day of the campaign, however, had to be ended an hour earlier than the scheduled time in Manghopir area because of police operation that had to be initiated due to reported presence of terrorists in the area, concerned officials told APP Saturday evening.
They, however, said this did not effect the exercise in other areas where police as well as, at places the Rangers too, had cordoned off the identified UCs so as to provide absolute protection to the 876 polio workers and supervisors as well as the parents and their children being vaccinated.
The officials were very hopeful that they would manage to ensure a minimum 95% coverage of the under five children belonging to the 11 UCs.
“Of-course we are keen to achieve 100% coverage but 95% is our minimum target,” they said. In reply to a question they said as reluctance was registered among many of the parents who appeared to be quite irritated of their children being administered OPV almost every fortnightly yet identified to be vulnerable.
“I believe we did manage to convince them that this exercise is to provide herd immunity to their under five children,” said an authority.