PICs in Nowshera strengthening routine immunization amid supplementing SIAs
November 14, 2015 5:00 PM
NOWSHERA: Bara Banda and Aza Khel Bala are known to be most critical among High Risk Union Councils in district Nowshera in terms of Polio virus circulation, low coverage, refusals etc. Inhabited by number of Afghan Refugees (ARs) and Displaced Persons (DPs) from Khyber Agency and Waziristan poses additional threats having non-vaccinated children immigrated from these particular tribal belts.
Keeping in view these alarming facts and high recommendations by Key Polio Partners, YCP established two Permanent Immunization Centers (PICs) in these areas under the project of Pakistan Rotary Polio Resource Centre (PRPRC) Nowshera, being funded by Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee (PNPPC), Rotary International.
Every Saturday is designated as a routine immunization day and has been adopted accordingly in Permanent Immunization Centres Bara Banda & Aza Khel Bala. The standard EPI routine immunization schedule for infants in the surrounding communities is being followed to provide maximum immunity against the vaccine preventable diseases such as TB, Measles etc. as well as administering Tetanus Toxoid (TT) to women of childbearing age not only to protect them against tetanus, but also prevent neonatal tetanus in their newborn infants.
On 14th November 2015, YCP Team consisting of Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) and Social Mobilizers successfully organized immunization days with following optimal results - well appreciated by Key Polio Partners:
PIC Bara Banda
PIC Aza Khel Bala
So far, the approach of providing routine immunization including Polio vaccination services, networking and coordination platform for LHWs and Key Polio Partners and motivating community members by applying extensive social mobilization through these centers, has been proved highly successful in terms of coverage of target children against vaccine preventable diseases particularly against the crippling disease of Poliomyelitis and demand creation in the communities. Now the need is to replicate and upscale the same approach by establishing more PICs in the district where indispensable need prevails such as Union Council Rashakai, on the border of district Mardan ...
“Gone are the days when we had to travel far away to get our children vaccinated, now all these services are easily available at our door steps”, said by a local women from Aza Khel Bala after getting her daughter vaccinated against measles at Permanent Immunization Centre.
Thanks to Rotary!