LAHORE: Polio is under control in Punjab while only three cases of polio virus were reported from three areas of the province.
This was stated by Director Health Services, Punjab, Dr.Munir Ahmed in an exclusive talk with APP on Wednesday. The cases were reported one each from Bakkar, Shaikhupura and Chakwal.
He said that parents should cooperate with the vaccinators who had been serving the children by putting their lives in danger particularly in KPK and FATA areas. He said that vaccination was the only solution to save children from disability and other dreadful disease in result of polio and other diseases.
Regarding the role of sanitation in spread of polio virus, he said that poor sanitation was the grooming condition for polio virus as this virus survive in bad sanitation condition.
To a question, the Director Health Services said that 235 cases of polio had been reported so far from all over Pakistan in which three from Punjab, five from Baluchistan, 23 from Sindh, while remaining 204 from KPK and FATA only.
Responding about the reason of more polio cases from FATA, he commented that due to non-assessment and misconception of the local people, vaccinators were barred from doing their work which resulting such critical condition of surfacing polio cases.
However, Dr.Munir Ahmed said that Pakistan would be made polio free by 2018. Responding another question, he said that Global Alliance Vaccination for Immunization (GAVI) was the ninety percent financial donor besides WHO, Unicef, USAID and Jica.
He urged the parents to cooperate with the vaccinators to make Pakistan polio free besides a health life for their children. He said the Punjab government was spending around Rs 4000 on every child upto five years for vaccination against polio, measles and other such diseases.
Responding to another question, he said that there was no any shortage of polio vaccine and a bulk amount is available for the vaccination in Punjab.