A five-day polio vaccination campaign will start from March 29

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ISLAMABAD: A five-day polio vaccination campaign will start from March 29 during which over 40 million children under the age of five will be inoculated.

PM’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan launched the national polio immunisation drive Friday in a bid to raise the immunity of children who remain at risk of the crippling disease.

“COVID-19 continues to challenge us, but we are committed to ensure the continuity of essential public health services during these difficult times. It is an absolute must that all our eligible children stay protected against vaccine-preventable diseases including polio,” said Dr Faisal Sultan.

He said that 280,000 valiant Sehat Muhafiz frontline workers will knock on every door to vaccinate all eligible children in every corner of Pakistan, adding, “It’s every Pakistani’s national duty to ensure that your own children, as well as those around you, are administered polio vaccine without fail.”

The polio programme implemented six campaigns in 2020 and the country has reported only one polio case so far this year.

“We have started witnessing the impact of our hard work over the last six months in terms of improved epidemiology. This is reflected by declining polio cases and decreased detection of viruses in sewage samples. It is critical that we sustain our progress to achieve eradication,” said Dr Shahzad Baig, Coordinator of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI).

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