Anti-polio campaign to begin from July 20

By: INP      Published: 07:55 PM, 15 Jul, 2020
Anti-polio campaign to begin from July 20

The anti-polio campaign will begin across the country after a long gap from July 20.

These will be in the form of supplemental immunisation drives in the following districts: Karachi’s Orangi, Baldia, Liaquat, SITE towns and North Nazimabad, Punjab’s Faisalabad and Attock, KP’s South Waziristan and Quetta in Balochistan.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed this on Twitter on Wednesday.

Over 32,000 polio workers will vaccinate around 800,000 children in high- risk areas, said Dr Mirza. They will be observing full precautions for COVID-19.

The PM’s aide requested parents to cooperate with the polio workers and get their children immunised.

This year Pakistan has already reported 59 polio cases. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the most affected with 21 cases, Sindh has 20 cases, Balochistan 14 and Punjab four.

There are also 47 vaccine-derived (cVDPV2) polio cases in the country.