Pakistan

Anti-polio campaign begins in Lahore, Peshawar amid strict security

LAHORE: A three day anti polio campaign has begun in the provincial capital of Punjab amid tight security on Monday.

District Coordinator Officer Capt (Retired) Muhammad Usman said 43,000 polio teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio drops to over 1.5 million children of less than five year age.

Meanwhile, eight-day anti-polio campaign began in forty-three union councils of Peshawar this morning.

During the campaign, more than 1,27,000 children will be vaccinated against polio. The provincial health department has constituted 422 teams for this purpose.

Strict security arrangements are in place to thwart any untoward incident.

Read more: Seven cops guarding polio team shot dead in Karachi

Motorcycle gunmen on April 20 shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Karachi. The gunmen first opened fire on three policemen in the streets of Orangi Town, killing them all. Later they shot dead four policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van” a few streets away.

Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio, a crippling childhood disease, remains endemic.

Attempts to eradicate it have been badly hit by militant attacks on immunisation teams that have claimed more than 100 lives since December 2012.

In 2014 the number of polio cases recorded in Pakistan soared to 306, the highest in 14 years, before falling to 54 in 2015.

 

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