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WHO representative monitors anti-polio drive.

TAXILA -- World health organization (WHO) Punjab team leader for anti-polio eradication Dr Rahul Banipico on Wednesday visited various urban and rural areas of Hassanabdal to monitor the ongoing three-day anti-polio drive being carried out across the country.

Accompanied by district polio eradication officer (PEO) Haider Yousafzai and deputy district officer (health) Saeed Akhter, he monitored the anti-polio drive in rural areas of Pind Mehri and Shahyia and urban areas of Walinagar and slums of Pushtun and expressed his satisfaction over the performance of local anti-polio teams.

Addressing to the anti-polio teams of Hassanabdal at tehsil headquarters hospital, Dr Rahul informed the anti-polio staff that even though Punjab had achieved National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication (NEAP) targets of LQAS, the campaign quality still needs improvement.

He said Punjab had completed the year 2016 without a single polio case. But in 2017, a four-month child from Lodhran ended Punjab's streak of 14 months without a case.

'Positive samples in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, D.G. Khan and a polio case in Lodhran highlight the need to reach out to all children,' he said.

He directed the anti-polio staff to continue the momentum of good work in polio eradication, especially by enhanced surveillance of high-risk migrant and mobile population areas of tehsil Hassanabdal.

He appreciated that Punjab did not report any polio case in 2016, emphasizing that the good work must continue and surveillance must be improved especially in areas having large population movement from polio affected districts.

He said that only by improving supervision, monitoring and accountability, Punjab could keep the momentum of good performance

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 18, 2018
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