As many as 1.38 million children up to the age of five will be administered polio drops during the next anti-polio campaign which would last from May 23 to 29 in Faisalabad.
Nearly 5,000 teams will perform duty during the campaign.
The anti-polio campaign in the district was inaugurated on Saturday at Pathan Colony.
Deputy Commissioner Ali Shahzad inaugurated the campaign by administering the polio vaccine drops to children. AC city Sahibzada Muhammad Yousaf, DHA CEO Dr Bilal Ahmad, District Program Coordinator for Epidemics Dr Zulqarnain, and Pashtun leaders were present on the occasion.
Expressing his views, the deputy commissioner said that the anti-polio campaign required deep attention and utmost responsibility to completely eradicate the polio virus from the country.
He directed that every child of five years should be vaccinated. He said that he would check the performance of polio teams by visiting different areas of the district.
Shahzad emphasized continuing a wide awareness campaign for the information of parents.
The deputy commissioner said that the anti-polio campaign could only be made successful with the cooperation of the parents, and all-out publicity campaigns should be carried out to mobilise parents to get their children administered polio drops.
He said that administrative machinery would remain active during the polio campaign. The DC urged the polio teams to reach every child under five years of age for administering the polio vaccine to rule out any chance of polio’s emergence in future. He informed that a comprehensive security plan had also been devised for the protection of polio teams, and the officers of district administration would also remain in the field to supervise the arrangements. He asked citizens to cooperate with polio teams so the campaign could be successful.