Anti-polio drive kicks off in KP, Punjab and Balochistan


ISLAMABAD: A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign was kicked off in 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 12 districts of Punjab and 21 districts of Balochistan on Monday.

The KP Health Department said that during the three-day driver about 5.6 million children up to five years of age will be administered the anti-polio vaccine.

For this purpose, more than 27,000 teams have been constituted which will visit door-to-door to ensure that all children are administered the vaccine.

Polio teams will also be deployed at bus stops, railway stations, Afghan refugee camps, and other public places.

Similarly, all age anti-polio vaccination campaign also started at Pak-Afghan border in Torkham to eradicate circulation of poliovirus between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In Balochistan, more than 1.7 million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

About six thousand mobile teams have been constituted for this purpose. Strict security measures have been taken for the security of polio teams.

Meanwhile, a four-day polio campaign also started in Larkana district. During four days of polio drive over 3, 06,850 children of the district up to five years of age would be administered oral polio vaccine.