Completion of the first phase of polio supervision trainings

LAHORE – The Punjab Polio Program has completed the first phase of polio supervision trainings ahead of the sub-national polio campaign starting Jan. 24. According to official sources, the training of more than 6,000 officials at district level, union council and workers at regional level has been completed. More than 240 sessions have been held in health care facilities, public schools, and colleges using the “dropout methodology.” The methodology was introduced to boost supervisor learning and organize run-off trainings for frontline workers in a friendly way. Supervisors were reminded about Covid-19 SOPs, the disease and its preventions, global and national polio updates and maintaining the cold chain.

Over 6,000 workers at district, CU and regional level trained

The second round of runoff trainings for polio frontline workers is in full swing and will continue throughout the current week. As part of the second phase, more than 54,000 polio field workers will be trained before the campaign. The sub-national campaign or SNID will be held in nine districts of Punjab including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Muzaffargarh, RY Khan, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Faisalabad and Mianwali. In Mianwali, meanwhile, the polio eradication campaign will only be held in selected district union councils. The leadership of the Punjab government and the hard work of the polio teams have yielded fruitful results. Punjab has not reported any polio cases for over 14 months now. Environmental samples also point to promising epidemiological prospects for polio eradication. All environmental samples in Punjab are negative for the past eight months. “Achieving and sustaining the goal of zero polio cases and transmission, however, requires even greater efforts. Emphasis should be placed on implementing high quality campaigns that reach all children under five,” said Punjab Polio Program Manager Ms. Sundas Irshad. “To achieve this level of coverage, the community must be aware that the vaccines are beneficial and safe and that parents can trust the polio program,” added the Punjab Polio program manager.

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