Saturday, February 4

Third Sub-National Immunization campaign begins in country’s selected districts

ISLAMABAD: The third Sub-National Immunization campaign of the current year began in selected districts of the country on Monday, to vaccinate 13.5 million children under-five years of age.

The campaign began in nine districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, two districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, six districts of Balochistan and Islamabad Capital Territory. Moreover, the campaign will also be launched on December 5 in nine districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Over one hundred thousand trained workers will take part in the vaccination drive to inoculate the targeted children at their doorstep.

On this occasion, Minister for National Health Services Abdul Qadir Patel said Pakistan has made great strides in the fight against polio, with virus circulation reduced to only one small part of the country. Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre Dr Shahzad Baig, said high-risk districts will be top priority during the anti-polio campaign.