Pakistan launches nationwide anti-polio campaign – Deccan Herald

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Pakistan launches nationwide anti-polio campaign – Deccan Herald


Attacks on immunisation teams bask in claimed almost 70 lives since December 2012

PTI

PTI,Islamabad,

  • Feb 17 2020, 13: 27pm ist
  • up to this point: Feb 17 2020, 13: 27pm ist

Pakistan on Monday launched a national anti-polio campaign to vaccinate about 39.6 million young folks underneath the age of 5 within the country because the govt. appealed to the folks for his or her toughen to eradicate the crippling disease.

Special Assistant to High Minister Imran Khan on Health Services and products Zafar Mirza mentioned the govt. is dedicated to attain every shrimp one with the polio vaccine.

In step with the World Health Organisation, Pakistan is indubitably one of many three international locations, alongside with Afghanistan and Nigeria, the keep polio is nonetheless endemic.

“Now we bask in critically reviewed our performance for the duration of final campaign and worked with provincial and district teams for an very excellent larger preparedness for this nationwide vaccination force,” he mentioned.

Mirza appealed to the folks to enroll in fingers with the govt. to eradicate the polio virus from the country.

Over 2,65,000 polio staff will drag door-to-door to administer polio drops to about 39.6 million young folks, officials mentioned.

The initiative has come days after Pakistan confirmed 5 fresh polio cases, taking the likelihood of those affected by the disease this year to 17.

Last year, 144 polio cases bask in been reported nationwide, a ways increased than 12 in 2018 and eight in 2017.

High Minister Khan had in December mentioned that it became a “matter of shame” that Pakistan became amongst the international locations the keep polio became nonetheless prevalent.

Attempts to eradicate the disease bask in been severely hampered by lethal focusing on of vaccination teams in fresh years by militants, who oppose the drives, claiming the polio drops trigger infertility.

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