Five-day nationwide anti-polio drive commences today
The five-day nationwide anti-polio drive have commenced on Tuesday (today) along with all the covid-19 standard operating procedures.
The anti-polio campaign have started in Sindh, which aims to vaccinate 9.4 million children.
Moreover, the Polio workers will provide door-to-door to service to administer oral polio vaccine (OPV) drops to children under the age of five.
Also, children will also inoculated at schools and hospitals under the campaign.
The spokesperson of Sindh Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) revealed that more than nine million children in Sindh and around two million children in Karachi will be inoculated against polio.
Taking it to Twitter, Dr Faisal Sultan stated, “i urge parents to cooperate with the dedicated frontline workers. Protect your children from this disease and make Pakistan polio-free”.
Earlier in July, Pakistan reported no new case of polio in the last six months–what comes out as an achievement for country-wide anti-polio campaign.
According to Brigadier Shehzad Baig, an official of Pakistan’s polio eradication drive, Pakistan has come closest ever to achieve the goal of polio eradication with no wild polio cases in the last six months and consistent decline in the number of positive environmental samples.
The official has stated that the geographic distribution of the virus has been confined only to a few areas.
According to the report on the status of polio by the ministry of health, the significant decrease in the cases indicates that the virus is under immense pressure and finding it difficult to survive in the majority of the areas.
Meanwhile, Novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) is also being introduced in the country after being approved by DRAP.