LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP -10th Sept,2016) : Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has directed the concerned authorities in Rawalpindi and Lahore to put forth extra efforts following positive environmental sample of polio virus. "The NIH lab in Islamabad confirmed presence of polio virus in the environmental sample taken from Lahore and Rawalpindi in August and this indicates there is urgent need to immunize children from polio," said the advisor.
Punjab Emergency Operation Center Coordinator Dr. Munir also called up a meeting of program units and development partners to discuss the positive environmental samples in the two cities. He said that Punjab had no polio case this year while Pakistan overall has 14 polio cases so far. He said that the presence of polio virus in the environment implies that population travelling from areas having polio virus circulation, must be specifically immunized.
It was decided that the National Immunization Drive (NID) being held throughout the country in the last week of September would be specifically focused while migrant and mobile population in these two cities would be given extra attention. It may be mentioned here that Punjab has had six positive environmental samples this year, two in Faisalabad, two in Rawalpindi, one in Dera Ghazi Khan and one in Lahore. This is the first positive sample in Lahore in 2016.