A five-day countrywide anti-polio campaign has started today in Pakistan, during which 40 million kids below five years will be administered anti-polio vaccination.
According to the details, it is the first countrywide campaign designed for the country after its four-month suspension due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The scope of this campaign is much larger and seeks to vaccinate all children under the age of five through door-to-door visits by almost 270,000 vaccinators across the country.
The polio vaccinators have received comprehensive training on how to vaccinate children safely by minimizing the threat of coronavirus outbreak. The polio eradication program has put strict measures in place for all staff following the government’s set guidelines on Coronavirus preventative measures.
Last week, another polio case had been reported in Balochistan, taking the provincial tally of cases to 19. Pakistan is still fighting the Polio spread due to poor vaccination campaigns in remote areas and people’s lack of education on the matter.
According to the health department, the case was reported in Qila Saifullah an area of Balochistan, where a 12-month old minor was confirmed battling with the crippling disease. With the latest detection of poliovirus case in Balochistan, the number in the province so far this year has increased to 19.