ISLAMABAD: During the last 18 months, for the first time all three samples collected in February, one each from Khamiso Goth, Machar Colony and Sohrab Goth showed non-presence of wild polio virus.
This formed the basis for the federal government to appreciate theperformance of Sindh Polio team in reaching out every child for polio vaccination.
In an official correspondence sent by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq to the Chief Secretary Sindh, she expressed that the recent negative environmental samples from Gadap town Karachi indicate a good initial sign towards potential positive epidemiological development in Karachi.
Gadap Town and other high risks UCs of Karachi posed a serious threat towards stopping the transmission of poliovirus. Last year in 2014 Karachi alone reported 23 polio cases from high risk areas including Baldia, Bin Qasim, Gadap Town, Korangi Town, Orangi Town, Landhi, Liaqatabad, North Karachi and Site Area.
This year no polio case has been reported from Karachi while four cases have been reported from interior districts of Sindh including Dadu, Kambar and Sukkar.
This year the government of Sindh has made all necessary arrangements to successfully reach the unreached children in Karachi especially in high risk union councils with special strategy involving local level female community volunteers, law enforcement agencies for provision of security cover to polio workers during campaign days as well as establishment of health camps in high risk union councils.
Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq expressed the gravity of the situation by stating that it would be critical to carry on and enhance the efforts in the super high risk UCs of Karachi.
At the same time, it would be of utmost importance to achieve high quality in the SIAs conducted in entire Sindh.
Currently environmental samples are collected from 36 of 15 high risk major cities of the country.
The environmental samples are being regularly collected from identified sites in three towns of Karachi (Gadap, Baldia and GulshanIqbal), Hyderabad, Sukkur and Jacobabad.