Over 5,500 Afghan children to be administered polio drops
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Thousands of Afghan refugee children are being administered polio drops as the year’s campaign against the deadly disease got under way in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Monday.
More than 5,500 Afghans are among the 2.4 million children below the age of five years who are to be given polio drops. Official said tight security arrangements had been put in place for the province-wide drive.
Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman, coordinator of the Emergency Operation Cell (EOC), told reporters in Quetta on Sunday 786 fixed sites and 321 transit points had been set up to administer polio drops to children.
Last year, at least seven polio cases were reported across Balochistan, including five in the provincial capital Quetta. He said 6,603 teams would conduct the campaign in Quetta and 30 districts of the province.
Dr. Rehman added from February onwards, injectable polio vaccines (IPV) would be used instead of oral drops to control the crippling disease. Nine campaigns were carried out in Balochistan from September to December 2015.
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