36.6m children across country to be immunised

Islamabad—The health authorities on Monday launched a countrywide four day anti-polio campaign in a bid to vaccinate around 36.6 million children against the crippling disease.
According to an official of Ministry for Health Services, 41 million doses of polio vaccines would be used during the campaign.
The new approach of Continuous Community Protected Vaccination (CCPV) is being used in the high risk areas of Peshawar, Bannu, Tank, North Waziristan, Khyber, Killa Abdullah, Pishin, Quetta and areas of Karachi including Landhi, Gadap, Orangi, Baldia, site area and Gulshan. CCPV approach is aimed to decrease the number of children missed in the previous anti-polio campaigns and areas that were inaccessible earlier would be approached now.
According to officials, the approach is bearing fruitful results in high-risk areas as the number of missed children has decreased considerably. Thousands of teams have been formed for the drive against the disease, which the officials hope to eliminate this year. In Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2.5 million children will be administered polio drops. A spokesman of polio emergency centre said that over two million children in Balochistan while more than 550,000 children would be covered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
All arrangements have been finalised to immunise the children in the provinces. Over six thousand mobile teams have been formed while tough security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident.—APP

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