Three-day anti-polio campaign begins from Monday


KARACHI: A three-day anti-polio campaign will begin in selected districts of the country from Monday.

In Punjab, the campaign will be carried out in twelve districts during which over seven million children will be vaccinated.

In Sindh, the campaign will be launched in one hundred ninety-two union councils of Karachi. According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department, more than four point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in eighteen districts of the province.

Earlier, during a meeting of the National Task Force on Polio Eradication held at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on Friday, it was decided that the Pakistan Army would provide security and enabling environment for the success of the polio eradication campaign in the country.

The PM had said on the occasion that “polio incidence is a very serious issue for the country as it jeopardises the future of our children”. He had urged the provincial governments to enhance efforts for complete polio eradication through spearheading of the campaigns preferably at the level of chief ministers, coordinated community level engagements by involving prominent local elders and religious scholars.

The prime minister had emphasised that the Task Force meetings should be held more frequently to effectively oversee the progress and to achieve zero incidence in the shortest possible time frame.

In 2014 there were 306 cases of polio across the country, in 2015 there were 54, in 2016 the number fell to 20, and to eight in 2017.