IPV campaign in city delayed

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Health Department has delayed a week long Injectable polio vaccine (IPV) campaign as health authorities in the capital were not ready to start the drive.

The vaccination campaign was to start from Oct 4 will now begin from Oct 9. The vaccination will be carried out in 30 union councils (UCs) of the city.

The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) through injections in addition to oral polio vaccine (OPV) is given to children of six weeks to five years in high risk union councils. A total 136 teams have been formed to cover 0.12 million children for vaccination.

He said the decision was taken as IPV is more affective as it enhances immune system of the child to fight the crippling disease.

Meanwhile the polio day which is celebrated on Oct 25 has also been delayed to Oct 30.

District Polio Eradication Committee’s meeting in this regard will be held at DC office on Oct 6 with Deputy Commissioner in chair.