PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Wednesday launched anti-polio immunization campaign in the province.

The polio vaccination campaign will be carried out in 21 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Overall 4.6 million children would be administered polio drops during the five days campaign. For the purpose over 19,000 teams have been constituted to vaccinate the children and monitor the campaign. The squads include 17,859 mobile and 1237 fixed teams to make the campaign a success story.

The campaign was restarted after a four-month break in the wake of the coronavirus situation in the country. Strict coronavirus SOPs would be followed during the anti-polio campaign as workers have been provided with adequate training for the purpose.

On the occasion, KP chief minister said that overall 4.6 million children would be administered polio drops during the five-day polio campaign in 21 districts of the province. “KP government is fully committed to eradicating poliovirus from the province and all available resources are being used for this purpose,” he added. The chief minister urged upon Ulema, media and elected representatives to add their share in Government’s endeavors to eliminate polio virus from the society. On August 11, it was reported that the Federal government had decided to launch anti-polio immunization campaign in the country ahead of the month of Muharram from August 13 over security reasons.

According to sources in the federal health ministry, the campaign would be launched in 130 districts of the country including parts of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Overall 34.4 million children would be administered polio drops during the campaign, they said adding 225,000 polio workers will take part in the drive.

The polio immunisation drive would be launched in Punjab and Sindh province on August 15, covering 9.26 million children in 41 districts of Sindh and 17.86 million children in 33 districts of the Punjab province.

The anti-polio campaign will begin on 17 August in Balochistan and AJK, covering 2.1 million children in 25 districts of the former area.