Anti-polio drive begins

Islamabad

A three-day anti-polio campaign began in Karachi, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Rawalpindi, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan on Monday.
In Karachi, the anti-polio drive will continue for six days, Radio Pakistan reported. Approximately two point three million children under the age of five years will be administered anti-polio drops in one hundred eighty-eight union councils of the city.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, more than six point seven million children up to five years of age will be administered anti polio drops during the campaign. According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department, Polio teams will also be available at railway stations, bus stands and public places to ensure administering anti polio drops to each and every child. Balochistan Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre, Syed Faisal Ahmed told Radio Pakistan that during the drive two point four million children up to five year of age would be administered polio drops.
Five day anti-polio drive will also start in Rawalpindi. 811,000 children in the district below five years of age would be administered polio drops.
Director EPI Gilgit Baltistan Dr. Shakil Ahmed told Radio Pakistan that over two hundred and thirty six thousand children will be administered polio vaccine in the region.
Meanwhile, Coordinator of EPI in Azad Kashmir Dr Bushra Shams also told that point seven five million children upto five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.—APP

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