Army to help po­lio drive at Pak Afghan bor­der

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA: The army has as­sured the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter (EOC) Balochis­tan that the cov­er­age of po­lio vac­cines to chil­dren at the Pak-Afghan bor­der, par­tic­u­larly near Friend­ship Gate in Chaman, will be im­proved. An im­por­tant meet­ing was held on Wed­nes­day at the op­er­a­tion cen­tre to re­view the strat­egy of vac­ci­nat­ing chil­dren at Per­ma­nent Transit Points (PTP), chaired by EOC Co­or­di­na­tor Dr Syed Sai­fur Rehman.

The meet­ing was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of South­ern Com­mand Ma­jor Inam Haider, UAE-Pak­istan As­sis­tance Pro­gramme (UPAP) of­fi­cial Colonel Ehtisham, United Na­tions Chil­dren's Fund's (Unicef) Dr Ab­dul Aziz, World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion's ( WHO) Dr Ibrahim Yal­low and Dr Sar­fraz Jamal­dini. Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion's (BMGF) Dr Ma­sood Khan Jo­gezai, of­fi­cer from the N-STOP pro­gramme Dr Aftab Kakar and Dr An­war from Ex­tended Pro­gramme for Im­mu­ni­sa­tion (EPI) were also part of the meet­ing.

WHO's Dr Sar­fraz in­formed the meet­ing that there are a to­tal of 57 PTPs out of which 46 are func­tional - six PTPs are with Afghanistan and 16 are in­ter pro­vin­cial. "Fa­cil­i­ties at the Friend­ship Gate in Chaman are not up to the mark," Dr Sar­fraz in­formed the meet­ing.

He said that there is a need of another PTP near the PakAfghan bor­der to im­prove the cov­er­age of vac­ci­na­tion. The meet­ing was also in­formed about the lack of shades, um­brel­las, poor main­te­nance of cold chain, se­cu­rity con­cerns and val­i­da­tion of vac­ci­na­tion data. EOC Co­or­di­na­tor Dr Syed Sai­fur Rehman has said that the im­prove­ment in cov­er­age near the Pak-Afghan bor­der will sig­nif­i­cantly help in erad­i­cat­ing po­lio from Pak­istan.

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