Islamabad, 15th May 2023 –The Sub- National Immunization campaign launched today in selected districts of all provinces with an aim to vaccinate approximately 23 million children across Pakistan.
The campaign will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will be conducted from May 15 - 19 in 12 districts of Punjab including Islamabad, 18 districts of Baluchistan and 17 districts of Sindh. While the second Phase will be conducted from May 22 to 26 in 22 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and May 29 - June 05 in the 07 districts of Southern KP and Quetta. Approximately 100,000 trained and dedicated “Sehat Muhafiz” will be engaged in the vaccination drive to inoculate the targeted children at their doorstep.
“I urge all parents and caregivers to ensure the vaccination of eligible children during the campaign to save them from the debilitating disease. Polio is incurable, and vaccines can protect our children,” Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said. “The frontline health workers have been playing a vital role in keeping our children safe from the debilitating effects of polio. Despite facing many challenges, they have been working tirelessly. We recognise the important contributions of the health workers to achieve the goal of polio eradication," said the Minister.
“Let’s work together and play our part to protect our children from vaccine-preventable disease. I particularly urge all parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated instead of hiding them or refusing to take the necessary drops during all vaccination drives. It is important to realise that the polio virus still exists in our surroundings, and no child is safe until all children are truly vaccinated,” said Dr Shahzad Baig, Coordinator of the National Emergency Operations Centre.
The Sehat Tahhafuz Helpline 1166 and 24/7 WhatsApp Helpline 0346-777-65-46 will be available to assist parents and caregivers in reporting missed children. Repeated polio vaccination campaigns are imperative for building immunity among children and preventing lifelong paralysis.
Note to Editors:
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus mainly affects children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the only effective way to protect our children from the crippling disease. Every time children under the age of five get the polio vaccine, they are more protected. Such repeated immunizations have protected millions of children from polio and made most of the countries around the world polio free.
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Mr. Zulfiqar Babakhel, Media Manager, NEOC, 0345-9165937