PESHAWAR: A five-day polio eradication campaign will be launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) from August 6 (Monday).
The provincial health ministry said polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling childhood disease caused by the polio virus, and preventable through immunisation.
Affecting mostly children under the age of five, polio which has no cure and can only be prevented by giving a child multiple vaccine doses can lead to irreversible paralysis. The anti-polio campaign will target 16 high-risk districts, with the target of administering polio vaccine to 36, 27,000 minors. In Peshawar city alone, KP’s health ministry aims to administer the vaccine to 816,000 minors, Private news channel reported. A total of 13 teams have been formed to execute the campaign. Children moving from one district to another, or even leaving for other provinces, will now be traced via specially designed tracking systems for which the government has empowered commissioners and deputy commissioners across the province, he mentioned. “We have always been missing children when they were not available at their homes during the anti-polio campaigns and this tracking system will help us find the kids wherever they are,” he added.