ISLAMABAD: A special anti-polio vaccination campaign is scheduled to kick-off nationwide from 2nd November.
According to details, the health department has announced to launch a polio campaign with a delay of two months. It will be initiated from Saturday.
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Recently, Polio Adviser to the United Nations and Polio Focal Person to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Babar Atta stepped down from the position.
Famous former cricketer Wasim Akram was appointed as the ambassador of polio eradication in the country on the Worlds Poli Day 2019.
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The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has also certified 100 fatwas in support of polio vaccination.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has always expressed serious concern over the recent spike in polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of Pakistan.
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According to Imran Khan, the eradication of polio is the top-most priority of the government as it affects the future generation.
As per the World Health Organization, overall 63 polio cases were reported in 2019 out of which 46 were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5 from Punjab, 5 from Balochistan and 7 from Sindh.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria, affected by poliovirus. Nigeria has already marked three years with no new cases and can soon be certified polio-free.
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