Five-day anti-polio drive kicks off across country

Dunya News

Around 285,000 polio frontline workers will visit parents and caregivers at their doorstep.

LAHORE (Dunya News) - A five-day national polio immunisation drive has been started across the country from today (Monday) to vaccinate over 40 million children under the age of five.

A supplementary dose of Vitamin A drops will also be administered to children aged 6 to 59 months during this campaign to help build general immunity among susceptible children to protect them from polio and other diseases.

Around 285,000 polio frontline workers will visit parents and caregivers at their doorstep, adhering to strict COVID-19 precautionary measures and protocols while vaccinating the children.

In Punjab, forty eight thousand polio teams have been formed, who will be provided proper security cover during the campaign.

According to a spokesman of the Punjab Health Department, more than twenty million children will be vaccinated throughout the province during the campaign.

He said polio workers have been properly trained to follow Corona related SOPs, conveyed by the World Health Organization.

In Sindh, nine million children under the age of five years will be administered polio drops across the province.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over twenty-nine throusand teams have been constituted which will ensure administering anti-polio vaccine to each and every child.

According to Emergency Operation Center, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than seven million children up-to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

Polio teams will also be available at bus stops, railway stations, Afghan refugees camps and public places for administering anti polio drops.

Tight security measures have been taken for security of polio teams.