Students walk against Polio – October 25, 2013
KARACHI: The district administration of Karachi Central on Thursday marked the World Polio Virus Eradication Day through active participation of teachers, students of local seminaries and schools in a public awareness walk.
The walk led by Deputy Commissioner Dr Syed Saifur Rehman that started from Katti Pahari of Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan was symbolic, as the area was registered as largely inhabited by people reluctant to get their children vaccinated against polio.
Carrying banners and placards inscribed with public health messages about the relevance of oral vaccines against poliovirus, they urged their elders to respect their right to a quality and impairment-free life.
Many of the teachers accompanying students said lessons must be incorporated into curriculum about prevention of different diseases.
Some of the parents, particularly mothers, present on the occasion said communities needed to get together to counter elements trying to sabotage polio eradication efforts in the country.
Many of them also had their reservations on the commitment of the polio workers and questioned absence of strict vigilance vis a vis monitoring of their performance. Some of them also questioned arrangements made to maintain the cold chain, pre-requisite for efficacy of the OPV.
Pakistan, in the current year has reported more than 40 cases of polio, mainly pertaining to tribal areas and KPK. However, three cases each have also been reported from Sindh and Punjab.
Reports of people refusing to administer vaccines to their children have also surfaced from Karachi.
DC Rehman said religious scholars, imams of mosques and administrators of religious centres pertaining to all religions and schools of thought have also been taken on board to counter the misconceptions being generated by unscrupulous elements. app