Via The News International: Anti-polio drive to start from 11th. The full report indicates the scope of the problems the health authorities are facing:
Karachi's first anti-polio drive this year will be held from January 11 to 15 and to ensure the effectiveness of the campaign, the authorities have taken some strict decisions including sealing the homes of parents, with children aged five or less, not present there for two months or more so that vaccination could be carried out on their return.
The Karachi task force for polio eradication said on Saturday that unavailability of children during vaccination drives had emerged as the biggest issue for the health authorities.
Instead of refusing to have their children vaccinated, parents left their homes during anti-polio drives and returned after they had finished.
The task force made the decision at a recent meeting presided over by Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui.
Seven cases of polio were reported in Karachi last year of the total 15 in the entire province.
Polio eradication officials blamed the poor quality of campaigns during the last half of the year because of the unavailability of adequate security for vaccinators during the drives.
Karachi police, Rangers and representatives of other security agencies also attended the meeting and decided that as per an earlier decision, the vaccination drive in Karachi would be carried out in all six districts of the city at once and no child under the age of five years of age would be missed.
Polio eradication officials discussed various strategies to make the vaccination drive successful with special emphasis on lowering and eliminating the chance of refusals by the parents and decided to seek local influential people, clerics and community representatives to make the drive successful.