Sights On A Polio-Free Pakistan

A seven-day country-wide anti-polio campaign in Pakistan will be formally launched from Monday under tight security measures. Under the age of five year 30.5 million children will be vaccinated till 22nd December 2019.

While speaking at the launching ceremony of the Nationwide Polio Eradication Campaign in Islamabad, the premier pointed out that Pakistan is one of two countries in the world where polio continues to exist and termed it a “matter of shame”.

“To the mothers who are watching this, I request you to go to the health workers and get your children vaccinated yourself if they haven’t been administered with polio drops,” he had said.

The premier had said that around four million children under the age of five would be vaccinated in the ongoing campaign.

“This is important for your children and for our nation as well,” he said at the time.

According emergency operation center for polio During the campaign, over 19 million children under the age of five years will be administered the anti-polio drops in Punjab.

In Sindh, 2.3 million children, while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan over 6.7 million and 2.5 million children, respectively, will be administered drops.

Until now, the countrywide tally for the year has reached 98 as compared to 12 in 2018 and eight in 2017. During the current year so far, 72 cases have been reported from KP, 14 from Sindh, seven from Balochistan and five from Punjab.

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