The five-day national polio campaign continued on Wednesday to vaccinate 39 million children under the age of five across the country.
According to an official of the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), about 255,000 polio frontline workers are going door-to-door, observing strict SOPs for CoV 19, to help these children become disabled from the polling virus To ensure prevention.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, said, “The Government of Pakistan is committed to making Pakistan polio-free. Increased due to disruption of essential services due to diseases.
“Ensuring that children are vaccinated against polio on time and repeatedly is very important for us to reduce the difference in immunity and protect them from polio. Therefore, I request all parents and carers,” he said. Make sure they get their children vaccinated during the campaign and as usual.
Dr. Faisal said, “I am confident that together we will achieve the goal of building a safe, healthy and polio-free Pakistan for our children.”
During the campaign, trained polio frontline workers will reach out to every child receiving the polio vaccine while adhering to the standard operating procedures of CoVID 19 such as wearing a mask, hand sanitizer, and at least during vaccination. Maintain a short distance. The campaign is planned to coordinate with Afghanistan.
Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Coordinator, National Emergency Operations Center, said, “Continuing our efforts to increase immunization coverage, a plan to reduce immunization must be extended to children under five years of age. Promote immunity immediately. ” , Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI).
“We need to make sure that no child is missed during this national immunization campaign aimed at promoting successful immunization efforts over the past three months.
I urge every Pakistani to take it as a national mission and support the front line workers who will reach every child with the polio vaccine every week.
Rana Safdar said that all sections of the society including communities, media, religious leaders, social workers, celebrities and doctors should play an active role so that no child is at risk of contracting polio and paralysis of life. ۔
He said that Pakistan is one of the two polio-affected countries along with its neighbor Afghanistan. With the increase in the number of polio cases, the country is facing a difficult situation.
He added that 82 cases of polio have been reported so far this year, including 24 in Balochistan, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, and 14 in Punjab.
“Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by the polio virus, which mainly affects children under the age of five,” he said.
It attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis or even death. Although there is no cure for polio, vaccination is an effective way to protect children from this crippling disease.
“Every time a child under the age of five is vaccinated against polio, their immunity to the virus increases, while repeated immunizations have saved millions of children from polio,” he said. Almost all the countries of the world become polio free.
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