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Punjab to be polio-free in 2014, claims official

21 January, 2014

LAHORE: Parliamentary Secretary on Health Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that healthy Punjab will lead towards a healthy Pakistan and the target for making Punjab polio-free province would be achieved in 2014.

He expressed these views while administering polio drops to the children at Mayo Hospital Paeds ward in connection with the three-day anti polio campaign launched in the province on Monday. Besides, DG Health Dr. Zahid Perviaz, Director Health (EPI) Dr Munir Ahmad, MS Dr Abdul Majeed Chaudhry and other doctors and nurses were present on the occasion.

Responding to a question, Kh. Imran Nazir said that security arrangements had also been made for polio vaccination teams in sensitive areas. He informed that health department had constituted about 39,000 teams for administering anti-polio drops to 17 million children in 36 districts during three-day drive whereas in Lahore the target was to vaccinate 1.5 million children for which 3300 teams had been constituted.

On the occasion, Dr Zahid Pervaiz informed the media men that January 23 would be the catch-up day to vaccinate missed out children during this drive. He further said that strict monitoring of vaccination teams was also being carried out and special assignments had been given to the officers of health department as well as the representatives of WHO, UNICEF and other international partners.

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