KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Thursday extensively reviewed the five day special immunization campaign, initiated on December 20, in 11 high risk union councils (UCs) of Karachi.
The exercise undertaken by Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI – Sindh) in coordination with provincial health department and Karachi administration was focussed on covering all under- five children belonging to 11 high risks UCs of five different districts of Karachi.
During the meeting the EDO – Health, Dr. Zafar Ejaz presented a detailed report, about the achievements of the exercise, to the Commissioner Karachi.
It was said that 265 thousand and 928 children upto five years of age were administered OPV by the teams during the special campaign simultaneously held at the identified UCs of Malir, West, East, Korangi and Central districts.
These 11 UCs are among the areas where confirmed cases of polio mellitus have been reported in the current year.
The support extended by religious leaders and community members of these 11 UCs was largely appreciated as this helped improve teams’ accessibility to the kids previously missed by the teams.
It was acknowledged that a very small percentage of the children may have been missed this time also but would be covered in no time because of the community support.
Commissioner, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui highly appreciative of the zeal shown by the polio teams during the exercise urged the EDO – Health to ensure timely completion of the arrangement for next scheduled campaign.
He said the exercise must be duly coordinated with all concerned stakeholders so as to avoid any lacunae.
Unicef and WHO officials must be actively involved in the strategy being evolved, said the Commissioner Karachi.