Islamabad: The Ministry of Health has asked the provinces to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio drops to their children during every national drive.
According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the strategy of Ministry of Health.
He said they have been asked to ensure 100% coverage during national anti-polio drive to vaccinate every child to protect them from this crippling disease.
He added the ministry has issued direction after receiving complaints from the citizens that district health teams mostly miss the children during anti-polio drives. He said due to law and order situation health teams could not continue anti-polio drive in Swat that resulted increase in polio cases in the area. He however said that now after improving the situation polio drops are being administered to children in Swat.
Polio or Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system. Many infected people have no symptoms, but do excrete the virus in their faeces, transmitting infection to others. Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. Polio can only be prevented by immunization.