On the 8th annual World Polio Day, the Emirates Polio Campaign (EPC) announced that it has administered more than 28 million vaccine doses in Pakistan between July and September 2020. Now it has reached over 16 million children.
According to the report, the EPC is part of the United Arab Emirates-Pakistan Assistance Programme, which was introduced under the directives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide help and humanitarian assistance to the people of Pakistan and support their development initiatives for a better future.
The campaign works in collaboration with the command of the Pakistani Armed Forces, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, and Ministries of Health offices in the provincial governments.
Abdullah Khalifa Al-Ghafli, Director of the programme stated that “the EPC reflects Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s commitment to strengthen global cooperation to prevent the spread of polio and to protect children from this preventable disease”.
Since the campaign was launched, it has delivered more than 483 million polio vaccines, reaching 86 million children across Pakistan.
Adding, “Since its founding, the EPC has accomplished a tremendous amount in reaching millions of children with this critical vaccination. We know there is still work ahead in our goal of ensuring every child has a chance at a healthy future and we remain committed to the last mile in eradicating this disease.”