Anti-polio drive begins today despite Covid lockdown

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Staff Reporter

Like the rest of Pakistan, the Emergency Operation Centre for polio in Sindh will launch a seven-day anti-polio campaign across the province from August 2 (Monday) despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

In this special polio campaign, a total of 7.4 million children will be vaccinated against poliovirus in 22 districts of the province.

The campaign will be conducted whilst following strict WHO-recommended COVID prevention protocols including the use of face masks by health workers and maintaining a safe distance from children while administering the drops.

The federal government last week had announced to launch a nationwide five-day polio immunization drive from August 02 to inoculate 23 million children against the crippling disease.

The polio drive will begin on August 02 and will culminate on August 06 as it included three days of routine immunization and two days for the catch-up areas to immunize the remaining children.

“The drive will be carried out in 67 districts of the country including 22 in Punjab, 22 in Sindh, 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and 16 districts in Balochistan,” they said adding that 180,000 vaccinators will inoculate 23 million children in the country.

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