Earlier today, news came out that a 5-day countrywide polio vaccination campaign has been started from today (Monday).
As per the Pakistan Polio Eradication Program, as many as 39 million children under the age of five years will be administered anti-polio vaccine drops across Pakistan in the campaign that will continue until December 4th.
According to the details, the head of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Program Dr. Safdar Rana said that a total of 285,000 polio teams will be taking part in the drive.
In total, nine million children will be vaccinated against the polio disease in Sindh, 20 million in Punjab, 2.5 million in Balochistan, 6.5 million in Khyber PK, 240,000 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 360,000 in Islamabad, and 660,000 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Moreover, Dr. Safdar pleased religious scholars of all schools of thought to play their role in making the campaign a success. He added that this year around 81 cases of poliovirus have been reported in Pakistan so far. Out of which, 23 were reported from Balochistan, 22 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22 from Sindh, and 14 were reported from Punjab.