ISLAMABAD -- The nationwide polio vaccination campaign achieved 99 percent results, said Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza on Saturday.
Dr. Mirza said this while updating progress on the ongoing campaign wherein 265,000 frontline polio workers are going door-to-door to ensure vaccination of 39.52 million children under the age of five.
Accordingly to the National Emergency Operations Centre, though the data from remote union councils of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhunkhwa is yet to be added for yesterday, the valiant frontline polio workers have successfully vaccinated almost 39.1 million (99%) of the targeted children across Pakistan in four days of the campaign already.
The catch up activities to cover the missed children shall continue in core reservoirs of Karachi, Peshawar, Khyber, Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah, today and tomorrow. The campaign was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in the federal capital and all chief ministers in respective provinces as a mark of national commitment towards the cause.
The support across political divide as well as all society segments was evident from the campaign launches by top leadership and legislative members from all parties in their respective constituencies.
During the launch event, Prime Minister Imran Khan had remarked, 'It is my humble request to all mothers that if you have not been reached by our polio team then you should set out to find polio workers and make sure your kids get the polio drops. Firstly, it is very important for your kids. Secondly, it is very important for our nation. Our polio workers have sacrifices greatly in the past and they are heroes of our country.'
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