Over 40 Mln Children Vaccinated Against Polio In Second Drive
Sumaira FH 19 days ago Wed 21st April 2021 | 04:40 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Apr, 2021 ) :More than 40 million children under five years received vaccination during the second nationwide anti-polio campaign of the year.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan said "While we focus on new vaccines, such as COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed." "We know many children have missed their vaccines and it is critical to accept vaccines every time they are offered by the teams," Dr. Faisal Sultan added highlighting the importance of the polio vaccine.
Coordinator of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), Dr. Shahzad Baig said that the programme has witnessed a great reduction in number of polio cases since January 2021.
He added only one wild polio case has been reported in Pakistan over the last four months. "It is a result of tremendous efforts and hard work of our teams." He said "The support of parents, community leaders, security forces, media and religious leaders helped our frontline workers to reach children in need and is highly commendable." He said that the Sehat Tahhafuz helpline 1166 and whatsApp helpline 03467776546 helped parents assist in reporting missed children during the campaign, and all reported missed children received the vaccination.
He said that Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by poliovirus mainly affecting children under the age of five years.
Each time a child under the age of five is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased. Repeated immunisations have protected millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries in the world to become polio-free.