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Dr. Nazia Shekhaji working as WHO External Monitor with the National Polio Surveillance Project in Gadag district, Karnataka, India

Nazia J Shekhaji - Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, India

by Lynn Gertiser

Dr. Nazia Shekhaji working as WHO External Monitor with the National Polio Surveillance Project in Gadag district, Karnataka, India

As a public health professional, Dr. Nazia Shekhaji worked as an External Monitor with the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) in order to monitor and report back on the efficiency of the booth-based, as well as house-to-house vaccination against polio. During the campaign she assessed the operational processes that influence the quality of the immunization activity such as: composition, work load and training status of vaccination teams, quality of vaccine being used, involvement of local influencers and leaders in the campaign, and vaccination at transit sites.  She also visited the migrant and mobile population sub-groups. These include the seasonal brick kiln laborers, construction workers, traditional nomads and large transient migratory populations in urban and peri-urban slums.

In this picture she is checking the finger marking of vaccinated children to help ensure that every child less than 5 years of age received a vaccination during the vaccination round. Dr. Shekhaji gave OPV to all unimmunized children.