Anti-polio campaign begins across country

Islamabad—A campaign against polio disease has been launched across country on Monday. Pakistan hopes to be removed from the list of polio-endemic countries by 2018 by achieving its goal of no fresh cases for a year.Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis within hours. It mainly affects children under the age of five.
Campaign in Punjab:- Polio campaign has been launched in 36 districts of Punjab including Lahore where more than 43 thousand teams will go door to door to vaccinate around eighteen point four million children below the age of five.
Campaign in Sindh:- Six-day campaign is being held in six districts of Karachi including Malir, Korangi, South, West, East and Central and other districts of Sindh. Polio drops will be administered to around 2.2 million children in the province.
Campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:-More than six point five million children will be administered anti-polio drops during three-day campaign in the province and FATA. 19,320 teams have been formed for the drive while more than 23 thousand security officials will escort them in the urban areas.
Campaign in Balochistan:-Three-day anti-polio drive also started in 30 districts of Balochistan in which over two point four million children will be administered polio drops.
Meanwhile, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Monday said all the available resources and means would be applied to completely eradicate polio from Federally Administerated Tribal Areas (FATA).—Agencies

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