MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

Pakistan launches massive polio vaccination campaign

Health officials in Pakistan are in the middle of a three day nationwide polio eradication campaign throughout the country in an effort to administer anti-polio drops to children under the age of five.
Officials have reported that special arrangements have been made to reach 32.7 million children in the country with 39 million doses of polio vaccine. They said that 94,000 special teams have been consulted for the purpose of going door-to-door to administer drops to the children, the Pakistan Observer reports.
Health officials said that if any child is missed during the campaign, his or her parents can contact them on a helpline number for an immediate response from immunization teams.
“We will do our utmost to ensure that immunization plan is implemented in letter and spirit as the country has reported 59 cases of polio this year with majority of cases from FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” officials said, according to the Pakistan Observer.
The main focus for the project is to concentrate on the most vulnerable areas to protect children from the disease.
Polio is an extremely infectious disease that is caused by a virus that invades the nervous system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While 95 percent of polio cases show no symptoms, four to eight percent have flu-like symptoms, stiffness and pain, and less than one percent will become permanently paralyzed.