Balochistan anti-polio vaccination drive Target set to vaccinate 2.5m children

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A five-day anti-polio campaign inaugurated in Balochistan on Friday that will be commenced across the province from Monday 28th February.

Secretary Health Balochistan Noor-ul-Haq Baloch inaugurated a five-day polio campaign in Balochistan and a seven-day polio campaign in high risk districts of the province, including the provincial capital Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah and bordering town Chaman.

During the inauguration ceremony held at Children Hospital Quetta, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan Coordinator Hameedullah Nasar, Chief Executive Officer Children’s hospital Dr. Habib Babar, Assistant Professor Children’s Hospital Doctor Ataullah Bizenjo, Dr Ghulam Nabi Nasar, WHO and UNICEF representatives were present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons on the occasion, Secretary Health Noor-ul-Haq Baloch said that a target has been set to vaccinate around 2.5 million children during the campaign. More than 10,000 teams will take part in the polio campaign across the province. “The role of parents, political leaders, religious scholars and administration is very important in the fight against poliovirus. With positive thinking, attitudes, and support, the polio campaign can be made successful,” he said.

The Secretary Health further said that the Child Immunization Program was a significant pillar of the efforts to eradicate poliovirus. The Health Department was not only trying to provide adequate resources for immunization of children against the disease, but also trying to leave no stone unturned to increase coverage in remote areas

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