This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Sindh Health Department has finally completed the anti-polio vaccination drive in 19 Union Councils of metropolis under aegis of the Expended Program on Immunization (EPI), Sindh this Sunday. Fool proof security had been provided to the 1600 plus health workers to carry out the anti-polio vaccination campaign in 19 out of the 24 Union Councils targeted by the SHD.
The Sindh Government had to ban motorcycle riding for 8 hours to accomplish the mission. A three-day NID anti-polio campaign would be starting from February 24 across Sindh to cater around 7.9 million children under the age of five years. Previously three polio workers, including Akbari, Anita and Fahad Khalil were gunned down, while Salma and a passerby Asgher Shah were injured in an incident. This incident halted the whole campaign in Karachi but the provincial government later re-launched phase-wise polio campaign in high-risk Union Councils (UC) of Karachi from the 10th February, 2014.
According to the World Health Organization, “Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, and stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5 per cent to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.”