Anti-polio drive kicks off countrywide

ISLAMABAD: A three-day anti-polio campaign has been kicked off to inoculate over 22.5 million children in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

According to Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, as many as 18 million children below five years of age will be administered anti polio vaccines in total of 3,550 union councils in 36 districts of Punjab.

A spokesman of polio emergency center said that over 6,000 mobile teams have been formed while tough security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident in Balochistan.

On the other hand, the KPK health department has constituted 15,398 mobile, fixed and transit teams for this purpose.

Four-day anti-polio drive has also started in FATA, where 1,00,000 children will be vaccinated. 3,698 teams have been constituted for this purpose.

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