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Week-long anti-polio campaign to begin today

ISLAMABAD: A week-long anti-polio campaign will begin on Monday (today) under the National Immunization Programme, with children under the age of five receiving polio drops in various districts across Pakistan.

According to reports, a five-day campaign will be held from May 15 to 19, with the goal of immunizing over 2 million children to enhance their immunity.

In an interview with a private news station, District Health Officer Punjab stated that nearly 12 districts in Punjab have been included in the campaign, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Bhakkar, DG Khan, Layyah, Mianwali, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sheikhupura.

The campaign would span seven days in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad, and five days in the other districts.

The National Polio Immunization Campaign has finalized all-out plans to safeguard children from the devastating disease of polio.

He added that mobile teams have been constituted to visit all regions, including rural and outlying areas, flood-affected areas, and Afghan refugee camps in Islamabad and other districts, to complete the mission.

He also urged religious academics, non-governmental organizations, and the local community to make this campaign a success by putting in their best efforts so that the youngsters of the entire district could be immunized against this crippling disease.

He also stated that private schools should work with the district authority to undertake the polio eradication plan.

During this time, the government should step up its efforts to combat polio by enhancing polio surveillance systems and guaranteeing high vaccine coverage.

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