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Anti-polio campaign targetting children begins in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (XINHUA) – A five-day anti-polio campaign targetting over one million children began in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, an official said.

Coordinator for polio eradication at the Emergency Operations Centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Basit told local media that anti-polio drops will be administered to more than one million children aged up to five to eradicate the crippling virus.

Some 5,700 mobile teams sent by the Health Department will administer anti-polio drops to the children in six districts of the province, the official said, adding that anti-polio teams will also be deployed to railway stations, bus stops and other public places.

Pakistan is one of the world’s only two countries where the polio endemic remains. The Asian country reported one polio case in 2021, compared to 84 cases

in 2020. Pakistan’s health experts believe that consistent efforts made by the government have helped in controlling the crippling infectious disease affecting children in the country, and urge further work to sustain the accomplishment in 2021 for completely eradicating polio this year.

A health worker marks the finger of a child after giving polio vaccine in Rawalpindi of Pakistan’s east Punjab province. PHOTO: XINHUA