ISLAMABAD (APP): A three-day anti-polio campaign has kicked off in 29 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) today.
Strict security measures have been taken for the security of polio teams. The teams will also be available at bus stops, railway stations and other public places to administer the anti-polio vaccine.
According to the Provincial Health Department, more than four million children below the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.
More than twenty-seven thousand teams have been constituted which will visit door-to-door to ensure that anti-polio drops are administered to each and every child.
The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) confirmed five new polio cases across the country, including three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to a NEOC official, one case was reported from Bannu and two from Hyderabad in Sindh.
The official said that the figure of polio cases has reached 58 for the year, out of which 44 were from KP, including 32 from Bannu division.
The official added that the cause behind the polio-virus in Bannu was the refusal of polio vaccination to the children by their parents.
He added that parents accepted that they had refused the vaccination for their children on false propaganda.
The polio-virus has been eradicated all over the world except in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the current year, 53 cases of the virus have been reported from various parts of Pakistan.