Anti-polio drive underway in Balochistan, Lahore

Karachi among eight cities record active polio virus sample

QUETTA: Anti-polio campaign in 12 districts of Balochistan is underway on second day (Thursday).
During the campaign, 1.6 million children will be inoculated polio drops for which strict security measures have been adopted.
Atleast 5148 mobile teams, 420 fixed sites, 482 transit points have been arranged for the three-day campaign.
The anti-polio drive is being run in Dera Bugti, Qila Saifullah, Qila Abdullah, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Khazdar, Pashin, Loralai, Quetta, Jhal Magsi, Zhob and Sheerani.
Frontier Corps (FC), police and Levies personnel have been deployed for security purpose.
Coordinator for provincial Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan, Syed Faisal Ahmed has said that in the current year 16 polio cases have been reported in Pakistan whereas only one has surfaced in Balochistan.
He revealed that samples of filthy water taken from Qila Abdullah, Pashin and Quetta have been confirmed of having polio virus.
On the other hand, 16,94,000 children under five years of age will be inoculated polio drops for which 4300 teams have been formed and are being provided with complete security.
Town administrators are supervising the campaign and have requested the parents for their cooperation to make the anti-polio drive successful.


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