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Six-day anti-polio campaign kicks off in Karachi

Karachi: As many as 2.2 million children will be administered with anti-polio drops as six-day long anti-polio campaign has been started in Karachi here on Monday.

According to the sources, the anti-polio drive marked the World Polio Day on October 24 (today) on the birth anniversary of virologist Jonas Salk who was the leader of the team that invented polio vaccine in 1955.

The sources added that according to the health department report, 188 union councils of Karachi would be covered by the anti-polio campaign in which 4500 volunteer teams are taking part.

Moreover, CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah inaugurated the anti-polio drive at Ibrahim Haidery Hospital today.

It is noteworthy here that the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh would also be operating oral polio vaccine campaign in 25 districts with an objective of approximately 7 million children under the age of five from October 24-27.

The details expose that as many as 15 cases of polio have been reported in Pakistan out of which five were from Sindh province.

Moreover, in contrast there were more than 300 cases of polio in Pakistan in 2014 and 54 in 2015, which shows more than 80 per cent reduction this year, said the EOC Sindh coordinator Fayaz Jatoi.