3-day nationwide anti polio drive kicks off across country


ISLAMABAD: Three-day nationwide anti-polio campaign was kicked off throughout the country today to administer polio drops to around 38 million children below the age of five years.
National Coordinator Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme, Rana Muhammad Safdar said 19.15 million children would be vaccinated in Punjab, 8.7 million in Sindh, 5.68 million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2.46 million in Balochistan, 1.03 million in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 0.74 million in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), 0.237 million in Gilgit-Baltistan and 0.313 million children in Islamabad.
Around 42.5 million doses of the vaccine would be utilized during the campaign, Safdar said.
He said that the campaign in Karachi was strategically planned from 22nd to 28th of this month.
Rana Safdar said two hundred and sixty thousand health workers would visit door to door to administer polio drops across the country during the campaign.
He said presently there are two hot polio reservoirs in the country located at Karachi and Qilla Abdullah near Quetta.
Rana Safdar said that this was the first campaign of the year adding that similar campaigns would also be launched during the next four months to ensure complete eradication of the polio virus from the country.
Meanwhile, media outlets reported that 18000 teams have been constituted for vaccination Peshwar.
According to media reports, nearly 32000 security personnel have been deployed for the protection of health workers during the campaign.


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