Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurates second national polio campaign of 2022 – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2022 – Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the second national polio campaign of the year 2022 at the Prime Minister’s house while assuring that the government would take all measures to eradicate this debilitating disease. The vaccination campaign will run from May 23-27 across Pakistan.

The campaign aims to reach an estimated 43.3 million children under five with the life-saving polio vaccine. About 340,000 polio frontline workers will deliver polio vaccines to homes across the country. During the planned campaign, an extra dose of vitamin A drops will also be given to children aged 6-59 months.

The Prime Minister kicked off the polio eradication campaign by administering vaccination drops to some children, expecting polio vaccination to reach all eligible children, especially in high risk districts of poliomyelitis from Pakistan.

Addressing a rally at Prime House in Islamabad, he called on the federal and provincial governments and district leadership to address the challenges of consistently missed children, denials and fake finger-tagging during the campaign.

He expressed concern about three new polio cases reported in North Waziristan, fearing the spread of poliovirus to other parts of the country and across the border. “I urge all parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated instead of hiding them or refusing to take the necessary drops during all vaccination campaigns. It is important to realize that the polio virus still exists in our environment and that no child is safe until all children are truly immunized,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that the Polio Program works in partnership with various segments of Pakistani society, including communities, local influencers, pediatric and medical associations, media, social activists, religious leaders and the Pakistan Cricket Board. , and many others. They are all in favor of vaccination and the goal of achieving a polio-free Pakistan.

The free helpline 1166 and the WhatsApp Polio 24/7 helpline 0346-777-65-46 will be available to help parents and carers with vaccine information and campaign information.

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Note to editors:

Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis or even death. Although there is no cure for poliomyelitis, vaccination is the only effective way to protect our children against this crippling disease. Each time children under five receive the polio vaccine, they are better protected. These repeated vaccinations have protected millions of children from polio and made most countries in the world polio-free.

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