Next Phase Of Polio Vaccination Campaign Begins Today Balochistan

The next phase of anti-polio campaign will begin from today (Friday) here in the provincial capital and will continue till January 26, the health department reported

A four-day anti-polio campaign concluded in 28 districts of Balochistan on Thursday.

A target has been set to administer polio drops to 417,000 children below age of five. 950 teams have been formed for this purpose while polio campaign has been postponed in Qilla Saifullah, Zhob, Sheran and Loralai due to security reasons.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. Attempts to stamp it out have been badly hit by opposition from militants and attacks on immunisation teams that have claimed 68 lives since December 2012.

The militants claim that polio vaccination is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.


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