Polio drive begins in Karachi
KARACHI: A six-day polio campaign began here on Monday amid heavy security measures for guarding about 3,000 polio teams who have been assigned the task of covering 51 union councils of the city during the drive. According to the officials, the campaign in which 2,849 polio teams,along with 659 supervisors, would be taking part has particularly been designed to cover the areas where the authorities have found an increase in the number of children who missed previous campaigns for one or another reason.
The drive would cover more than 865,000 children aged five or less in neighbourhoods where people were still refusing to inoculate their children. The 51 union councils fall under the jurisdiction of all six districts of the
metropolis, however, parts of 14 out of 18 towns will be covered during the coming weekdays.These 51 UCs include eight from Baldia Town, six from Landhi, five each from Gadap, Orangi and SITE, four each from Gulshan-e- Iqbal and
North Karachi, three each from Bin Qasim, Korangi and Keamari, two from North Nazimabad and one each from Saddar, Gulberg and Liaquatabad.
Apart from special campaign in Karachi, the authorities have also planned to launch a sub-national supplementary immunization campaign for one day on Monday in Sukkur, Larkana, Shikarpur,Qambar, Jacobabad, Ghoti and Kashmore districts.It may be pointed out that Sindh has four polio cases, so far, this year with one each in Karachi and Jacobabad and two in Shakarpur district.