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Lahore: A month after health ministry officials detected wild polio virus in environmental samples in Lahore, an anti-polio campaign will be launched from Monday in 39 districts across Pakistan, including 8 sensitive districts of Punjab. The National Emergency Operations Center announced. a The statement says that more than 60 million children under the age of five will be given polio vaccine in the districts. The health department aims to vaccinate more than 28 lakh children in eight districts of Punjab during this campaign.
Last month, the first sample of the 2023 polio virus was found in an environmental sample in the country’s second largest city, Lahore. Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel confirmed the identification of the sample found in an environmental sample in Lahore, a city of more than 11 million people. The last case of polio occurred in the capital of Punjab 2.5 years ago, but this virus was found in its sewage. ob. It became known that the anti-polio campaign will be launched from February 13 to 17 in nine districts. Including seven districts of South Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bannu, DI Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, North Waziristan, Upper South Waziristan and Lower South Waziristan. Partial campaign will be conducted in 30 districts, during which union councils of Sheikhupura, Afghanistan will be elected in 57. UC near the border, 58 UC with Afghan refugee camps and 107 UC in Multan, children are vaccinated against polio.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel has called for children to be vaccinated against polio in all campaigns to protect them from the crippling disease.