Pakistan launches anti-polio vaccination drive

However, he said that the campaign in two of the districts - Sheikhupura in Punjab and Orakzai I Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa- will begin from September 25.

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Islamabad, Publish Date: Sep 25 2018 1:49AM | Updated Date: Sep 25 2018 1:49AM
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Pakistan on Monday launched a massive nationwide anti-polio vaccination drive touted as the final push against the crippling disease to cover 38.6 million children under five years of age.

Dr Rana Safdar, chief of anti-polio campaign, said that the campaign has started in all parts of Pakistan.

However, he said that the campaign in two of the districts -- Sheikhupura in Punjab and Orakzai I Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa-- will begin from September 25.

"The programme will target a total of 38.6 million under five children," he said.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, that suffers from endemic polio, a virus that can cause paralysis or death. 

 

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