Over 44.2m kids receive anti-polio drops

Poliovirus London

Over 44.2 million children under five years of age were administered anti-polio drops during a five-day nationwide immunization drive.

According to official sources, to provide maximum protection and boost a child’s immunity, polio teams also provided a dose of Vitamin-A to children aged six to 59 months in addition to polio drops, during the drive.

They said that the government had fixed the target to vaccinate over 10 million children in Sindh, over 421,000 children in Islamabad, 2,599,000 children in Balochistan, over 7,458,000 children in Balochistan, and over 278,000 children in Gilgit-Baltistan.

They said that over 350,000 trained and dedicated ‘Sehat muhafiz’ members were engaged in the vaccination drive to inoculate the targeted children at their doorstep. On this occasion, Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel said, “If we succeeded to eliminate the poliovirus from southern KP, we will succeed in eliminating polio from Pakistan altogether.”