National polio eradication campaign concludes

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Seven-day National Polio Eradication Campaign Concluded on Sunday with the administration of the anti-polio vaccine drops to children under the age of five years, throughout the Larkana district. District Health Officer Larkana Dr. Syed Attar Ali Shah told newsmen on Monday evening that 1,180 mobile teams were engaged to visit houses and administered Polio drops to the children and during the campaign more than 306,950 children were given anti-polio drops.

He also said the mobile teams also visited rain/flood-affected, remote and far-flung areas throughout the Larkana district, and administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) to the children. Besides, he said there were 90 fixed vaccination centers and 95 transit points in Larkana, Dokri, Ratodero, Bakrani of the Larkana district for the purpose. The DHO regretted that a negative propaganda campaign had been launched against Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV).

He said the polio eradication drive was in a decisive phase in the entire Talukas of Larkana district and therefore a coordination strategy by the authorities, donor agencies, and health professionals is required. He said due to continuous efforts considerable progress was made in the eradication of polio from a majority of the countries in the world, adding that it was a big achievement in the human context as millions of children have been saved from becoming disabled through polio vaccines.