Five-day anti-polio drive begins today

Islamabad: The five-day national polio immunization drive is set to begin in country from Monday (today).
According to details, thousands of anti-polio teams have been constituted to vaccinate more than 40 million children in the drive.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that government is committed to achieve the goal of a polio-free Pakistan.
“We need full support of people, especially from communities, the parents and caregivers of children,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government resumed polio vaccination activities on July 20 after a four-month suspension of all vaccination activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2020, the number of polio cases in the country surged to 84 with 22 cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22 in Sindh, 26 in Balochistan and 14 cases in Punjab. No case from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Islamabad was reported in previous year.
Polio cases have risen in Pakistan especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan due to continuous propaganda and rumors spread against polio vaccination in recent months.
The global polio eradication drive, which began in 1988, is now close to eradicating the crippling disease from the world.
Unfortunately, Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan, affected by polio virus. Africa is free from wild poliovirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 August.
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