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Countrywide anti-polio campaign kicks-off

ISLAMABAD: A countrywide anti-polio campaign today (Monday) kicked-off under tight security measures, ARY News reported.

During a five-day campaign in Punjab 19 million children under the age of five years will be administered anti-polio vaccine.

In Sindh over 2.3 million children while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan over six point seven million and 2.5 million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops respectively.

Earlier, on December 13, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged parents to actively take part in the administration of anti-polio drops to their children in an order to eradicate the virus from the country.

Read more: Another polio case emerges in Punjab, tally up to 104

Addressing the launching ceremony of the Nationwide Polio Eradication Campaign in Islamabad, the prime minister urged the nation to eradicate polio from the country as it is a ‘matter of shame’ that Pakistan is still among the countries in the world where polio continues to exist.

“It is my humble request to all the mothers watching this event that if you are not reached by our polio team then you should set out to find polio workers and make sure your kids get the polio drops”

“Pakistan is among the very few countries that still have traces of polio, despite numerous successes rendered by polio staff,” said premier while lauding the sacrifices of polio workers.

It must be noted that the tally of polio cases across the country reached up to 98 this year.

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