KARACHI: Provincial Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Wednesday said eradication of polio is the top priority of provincial health department and Sindh will become polio free province soon.
This he said during the launching ceremony of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in routine immunization held at local hotel here. Secretary Health Dr Saeed Mangnejo, Dr Tamaskan of World Health Organization(WHO), Representative of UNICEF Dr Amjad Ansari, Hassan Murad Shah, Dr Mazhar Khamisani, Dr Sallah and Dr Riaz Memon were also present on this occasion.
Mehtab said all stakeholders of polio eradication including health department, UNICEF, WHO and other partners had agreed to eliminate polio virus in Sindh as well in Pakistan.
He said last polio case was reported in October 2014 in Karachi and decided to increase health immunity level among the children through new vaccine IPV. He said introduction of IPV in routine immunization is a major landmark to accelerate polio eradication and make polio-free world. He said polio virus still threatens the society, but threat can be defeated if we have strong practical commitment.
He informed that hundreds of healthcare providers including paediatricians, doctors, paramedics and vaccination staff have trained across the province with support of WHO, UNICEF and other partners Sindh health department.
Secretary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said that health department had done all home work to provide logistics and other facilities to make the launch of IPV success and we were trying to reach every child to administer new polio vaccine.
Team Leader WHO, Dr Tamaskan said that new vaccine had reduced polio virus in many countries of the world and Sindh province had shown remarkable performance as only one polio case had been reported this year in February.
Representative of UNICEF Dr Amjad Ansari informed that Sindh is the second province in Pakistan where new polio vaccine IPV is being launched. He said UNICEF is trying to protect the rights of the children and eradication of polio as well.