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Afghan refugee children to be vaccinated against polio

Afghan refugee children to be vaccinated against polio

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Apr 30, 2016 - 09:29

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): About 127,266 children, including Afghan refugees, will be vaccinated against polio during an upcoming campaign, an official has said.

As many as 422 teams have been constituted to inoculate the children against the crippling disease during the second phase of inactivated polio vaccination (IPV) campaign.

Muhammad Akbar Khan, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) coordinator, said the IPV campaign was being conducted in two phases in 97 union councils of Peshawar -- the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Covering 43 union councils of Peshawar, including Afghan refugee camps, the campaign eight-day campaign would get under way on May 2-9, he told journalists here on Friday.

The IPV campaign is being conducted along with routine oral polio vaccine (OPV) drives to boost the immunity among children and ensure that the virus transmission is stopped this year.

IPV is not a door-to-door campaign as children would be vaccinated at the 57 healthinfo-icon centres and 355 outreach sites in the 43 union councils.

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