DADU: People in far-flung areas of Dadu district have complained to local health department officials that during the five-day campaigns in August, September and October, no polio teams visited them to vaccinate their children.
As a result, hundreds of kids under the age of five were left out on the rides, they added. Khan Mohammad Rustamani, a resident of Karo Koat, said, speaking to this writer, that during the campaigns, no polio vaccinators visited his city.
He said that in the Karo Koat district, there were at least 300 children in need of vaccination against the debilitating disease.
A local man, Khadim Rind, said the health department totally overlooked the areas of Sado Bodo, situated in the hills of the Khirthar range near Wahi Pandhi.
Mohammad Khan Shahani has also protested against local health officials belonging to the Lop district in the Khirthar region. In the field, he said, local villagers had never seen any polio team or any senior health department officer.
Ghulam Qadir Rind said there were 200 children from the Rind, Rustamani and Brohi tribes who had been living there for many years, but they had not been reached by teams of polio vaccinators.
“Mohammad Saleem Bozdar said, “Gorakh Hill Station is also situated in Dadu district, where 50 children from the Bozdar and Alkhani tribes have not had the chance to get polio drops; people live there like animals because no one is prepared to look at their health problems.
Mohammad Qasim Leghari of the Kachho district said that since May 8, following a strong flood of hill torrents, at least 3,000 children belonging to different areas have not been given polio drops. He said even for “false” entries, only a database was kept showing that polio drops had been administered.
He said that in the name of polio drives, millions of rupees were drawn, but officials also refused to cover far-flung regions.
He called on the country’s head/representative in Pakistan of the World Health Organisation, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and the health minister to order Dadu’s health teams to send police officials to the district.
Meanwhile at the DC office of Dadu, a meeting of the district polio committee was held to review the success of polio drives.
Dr Zahid Dawach, Dadu District Health Officer, told the meeting that a polio drive will be conducted in the Dadu district from Nov 30 to Dec 6.
He said 1,127 teams of vaccinators were created to administer polio drops to the district’s 365,000 children. He said that they were adequate, showing estimates for polio drives in the areas of Dadu, Mehar, K.N. Shah and Johi. He said all areas were well secured.