Today, a nationwide door-to-door polio immunization campaign begins in Pakistan, marking a significant effort to combat the persistent challenge of polio within the country. The campaign aims to reach every child under the age of five, ensuring they receive the life-saving oral polio vaccine.
This initiative is organized by the Pakistani government in collaboration with international health agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and Rotary International. It underscores the collective determination to eliminate polio and safeguard the health and well-being of future generations.
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The door-to-door polio immunization campaign will span all provinces and regions of Pakistan, with thousands of healthcare workers and volunteers joining forces to administer the vaccine.
In Punjab, the campaign will span over 12 districts, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Bhakkar, DG Khan, Layyah, Mianwali, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sheikhupura.
In Sindh, about seven hundred thousand children will be administered anti-polio drops in Hyderabad and Larkana districts.
In Balochistan, over 1.2 million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops in eighteen districts. However, the government has postponed the anti-polio campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till next week.
Under the guidance of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, extensive planning, and coordination have been undertaken to ensure the smooth execution of the campaign.
Polio remains a significant public health concern in Pakistan, with the country being one of the few remaining nations where the disease is endemic. However, concerted efforts have significantly reduced the number of polio cases in recent years, and this campaign serves as a critical step toward achieving the ultimate goal of a polio-free Pakistan.