3-day anti-polio campaign in Balochistan starts today


Three-day anti-polio campaign in thirteen districts of Balochistan will start today.
More than 1.3 million children below the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

The three-day anti-polio campaign is being launched after seven new polio cases were reported in the province this year. Three cases were reported in Qila Abdullah, two in Jaffarabad and one each in Quetta and Harnai.

The districts in which the drive will be conducted include Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Sohbatpur, Dera Bugti, Sibbi, Loralai, Daki, Harnai, Ziarat, Quetta, Pishin and Qilla Abdullah.

At least 7,481 teams, including 4,547 mobile teams, 450 fixed sides and 444 transit teams, have been constituted to ensure administering anti-polio drops to each and every child.

As per World Health Organization, overall 63 polio cases were reported in 2019 out of which 46 were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5 from Punjab, 5 from Balochistan and 7 from Sindh.

The global polio eradication drive, which began in 1988, is now close to eradicating the crippling disease from the world.

Unfortunately, Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria, affected by polio virus. Nigeria has already marked three years with no new cases and will be certified soon as polio-free country.