Polio; a highly infectious disease causes paralysis, no cure but prevention

 By Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB:  In connection with the World Polio Day, the district administration and health department took out an awareness walk led by Deputy Commissioner Nazar Muhammad Khetran here on Friday. The walk started from Tehsil office and culminated at Baldia office Zhob.

The participants were carrying banners inscribed with slogans against polio and inviting the people to vaccinate their children to eradicate polio.

Addressing the participants Deputy Commissioner Nazar Muhammad Khetran, ADC Sherani Ibrahim Kamran, DHO Zhob Dr. Muhammad Shah, DHO Sherani Dr. Fazal Din Sherani, WHO Representative Dr. Farooq Kibzai, Communication Officer UNICEF Abdul Samad Hariphal and President Para Medical staff Association Muhammad Tahir Hotak said that polio is a highly infectious disease that causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. There is no cure but the best protection is prevention. By administering vaccine, a child can be protected against the crippling disease for life.

“ Pakistan , in the current year has reported 220 cases including a case of polio virus detected in a 24-month-old girl Wahida, resident of Khwasti area of district Zhob.” They said.

They appealed to the people to cooperate with the teams during the anti-polio campaign and save the new generation from the dangerous disease. They also urged upon the officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, social workers, religious scholars, teachers and media that they should come forward and play their vital role to eradicate polio from the country. The society needed to adopt it as their joint responsibility.

“All of us participating in the walk needed to get together to counter elements trying to sabotage polio eradication efforts in the area.” They said.

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