Polio drive launched in Chitral

Special immunization drive launched

CHITRAL: A five-day special national immunisation days (SNIDs) campaign for polio eradication was inaugurated in Upper and Lower Chitral districts on Saturday.

Lower Chitral deputy commissioner Naveed Ahmed opened the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine to a number of children in the Women and Children Hospital.

Later, he led an awareness walk which started from Zhang Bazaar and culminated at Atalique Chowk.

EPI coordinator Dr Fayyaz Rumi told the participants of a function that in view of the approaching winter season, the SNIDs had been arranged in all the 24 union councils of both the districts as many areas could not be accessed when snow fell.

He said 76,342 children below the age of five years would be targeted by 464 mobile teams at 35 fixed and 15 transit points during the five-day campaign.

Upper Chitral additional deputy commissioner Irfanuddin opened the campaign at a function in the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Booni.

Representatives of the Emergency Operation Centre of Polio Eradication Programme, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, were also present in both the functions.–Dawn

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