Anti-polio drive underway in KP

Anti-polio drive underway in KP
Peshawar: A three-day anti-polio campaign is underway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

While addressing the inaugural ceremony in Peshawar, the Minster for Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the government is committed to eradicate the polio disease.

Reportedly, more than six million children below the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops.

The total number of polio cases in the year 2019-20 has reached more than 130 in the country.

Polio cases have risen in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to continuous propaganda and rumours spread against polio vaccination in recent months.

The global polio eradication drive, which began in 1988, is now close to eradicating the crippling disease from the world.

Unfortunately, Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria, affected by polio virus. Nigeria has already marked three years with no new cases and will be certified soon as polio-free country.