Strategy for polio vaccination in border areas discussed
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani officials have discussed the administration of polio drops to children at the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan province, a media report said on Friday.
Pakistan’s English-language daily, The Express Tribune, reported officials from the two countries reviewed the strategy for border areas during an upcoming anti-polio campaign.
It said the meeting was informed that more than 14,000 people crossed the Friendship Gate daily, including an average of 900 children below the age of five years.
Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) head Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman led the Pakistan team while Public Health Ministry official Azullah Kakar headed the Afghan delegation.
A vaccination unnamed official told the newspaper: “The available teams can cover around 600 children a day, which means we miss almost 300 children daily.”
Quetta Commissioner Kambar Dashti, Qila Abdullah Deputy Commissioner Khuda-i-Dad, Afghan officials Dr. Mohammed Essa and Dr. Sadaat, UNICEF and WHO representatives also attended the meeting.
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