Sindh Health Minister opens five day OPV campaign

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By Shakil Paracha

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Azra Pechuho here yesterday inaugurated the five day polio vaccination campaign at Jannat Gul Hospital in Sohrab Goth, a locality largely inhabited by people with high mobility rates. On the occasion she urged the mothers, accompanying their children, to be assertive in protecting right to healthy and polio free lives for their children.

“Governments at provincial as well as federal levels are equally committed to guarantee a safe and disease free lives for children,” she said. Reiterating that no compromise could be made to the cause, Sindh minister for health said the current OPV campaign is also being complimented with administration of Vitamin A equally crucial for young kids. It was mentioned that a target population of 8.7 million under five children, including 2.4 million based in Karachi are being covered during the current campaign.

With specific reference to her presence at Sohrab Goth, Dr. Azra Pechuho said government accords top priority to prevention of disease among all sections of society without any distinction. “The fact that this area is one of the major point of entrance to and exit from the metropolis makes it all the more important that no child is denied of OPV,” she said in reply to a question.  The minister appreciated measures adopted by the administration for security of polio teams in the metropolis. She also invited parents to immediately report any discrepancy with regard to presence of vaccinators at their respective door steps.

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