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Anti-polio drive kicks off in Sindh, Balochistan

KARACHI: A three-day anti-polio campaign began across Sindh and Balochistan on Monday.

Around 5.5 million children under-five years of age from across Sindh will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

The campaign will continue for a week in all six districts of Karachi while it will end on Thursday in the remaining districts of the province. Over a million children will be administered anti-polio vaccine in 115 union councils of the port city.

The Karachi commissioner urged parents and community leaders to cooperate with polio teams and allow them to administer their children polio drops to strengthen their immunity against the virus.

According to Coordinator for Emergency Operation (EOC) for Polio Eradication Umar Farooq Bullo, thus far seven confirmed cases of polio had been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and three each from Punjab and Sindh this year.

He said two of the three cases in Sindh were reported from Karachi only.  Owing to constant mobility of people to and from the metropolis, the duration of the campaign has been extended there, he added.

The anti-polio drive also began in Balochistan where more than 1.3 million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio vaccine in thirteen districts during the three-day anti-polio drive.

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