World’s Biggest Polio Campaign Vaccinates 60 Million Children in Punjab
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s developed Monitoring System for Polio Campaign (MSPC) launched in September 2016 has reached to the verge of its excellence as it reported increase in vaccination of children from 3,512,589 reported in August 2018 to 4,361,113 in September 2018 in Seven districts of Punjab reaching the benchmark. The total number of children vaccinated hitherto are 60 Million making it the biggest success of any polio campaign ever launched in the world. The Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif was briefed in a progress review meeting here today.
Polio field staff is monitored through the smart phones installed with the application developed by PITB to monitor the Polio campaigns in the top priority Seven districts of Punjab to accelerate and wide spread the steady and effectively designed campaign. The application enables the local administration as well as partner organization like WHO and UNICEF to access real time field data. The current system is active in respective seven high risk districts of the province reporting the number of children vaccinated, refusal cases, Zero dose children and children not available during and after the campaign.
The meeting was further informed that a number of 9000 total handsets were distributed in High Risk districts of Punjab province. In Lahore and Rawalpindi district approx. 7000 smart phones distributed to Polio Supervisory tier and Mobile Teams. In Districts of Muzzaffargarh, Multan, D.G Khan, Rajanpur, Rahimyar Khan approx. 2000 smart phones were distributed to Polio Supervisory tier only. 15 collective campaigns and four Case Response Polio Drive covered including seven Sub National Immunization Days (SNIDS), eight National Immunization Days (NIDs), four Case Response (CRs) and Case Response performed in the neighboring districts of Lodhran after confirmed Polio case identification.