Karachi, June 25, 2014 (PPI-OT): A 5-Member delegation led by Chairperson for Healthcare and Polio Eradication Ms. Azra Pehchu, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali and others called on Addl. IGP Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo at Central Police Office today. The meeting was attended by DIGP East Munir Shaikh, SSP West and representatives of UNICEF, WHO and Ahmed Ali Shaikh; Chief Minister Monitoring Cell for Health Mst. Shahnaz Wazir Ali and others.
It was informed to the meeting that about 5,552 North Waziristan IDPs (individuals) have already arrived at Karachi and their validation was in process. Considering the ongoing arrival process, more IDPs are expected and there is an imminent risk of intensive outbreaks of polio and other infectious diseases, as reported, since June 2012 no OPV vaccination in North Waziristan, the meeting was informed.
It was decided at the meeting to avert significant risk of intensive poliovirus outbreak, additional vaccination are imperative at Provincial Transit Points (PTPs) and in the new comers areas of Karachi. “For this purpose first polio vaccination campaign is being arranged w. e. from July 5 to July 8, 2014. Whereas second campaign from July 16 and third from August 16 to August 19, 2014. Additionally more 4 campaigns have been planned after 19 August till December”. The meeting was informed.
Additional IGP Karachi directed Police to ensure 300 security personnel specific for Polio campaigns from 5 July till 31 December 2014, and to extend all possible support in identification and mapping of areas in Karachi where IDP settled.
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