Japan applauses the first anti-polio drive of 2021 in Pakistan
Nationwide Polio immunization drive begins
Islamabad: H.E. MATSUDA Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan, praised Pakistan’s decision to launch the first polio vaccination drive of 2021 and reiterated Japan’s commitment to continue its support to eradicate polio from Pakistan and the globe.
During the five-day campaign, around 285,000 polio workers will engage in the vaccination of over 40 million children, wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and maintaining safe distances. Ambassador MATSUDA paid tribute to the frontline polio workers for the protection of children from polio in the harsh environment of COVID-19.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Japan’s anti-polio assistance to Pakistan. Its total assistance has reached US$ 229 million. Ambassador MATSUDA added, “I sincerely hope that the year of 2021 marks a great step towards eradicating polio as well as controlling COVID-19. To that end, Japan will continue to focus on health, water & sanitation and education in terms of its assistance to Pakistan, which are necessary to ensure a healthy and cultural life to all citizens.”
Five-day national Polio immunization drive to vaccinate over 40 million children under the age of five starts on Monday across Pakistan.
A supplementary dose of Vitamin A drops will also be administered to the children aged 6 to 59 months during this campaign to help build general immunity to protect them from polio and other diseases.
According to Pakistan Polio Eradication Program, around 285,000 polio frontline workers will visit parents and caregivers at their doorstep, adhering to strict COVID-19 precautionary measures and protocols while vaccinating children.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Dr. Faisal Sultan in a statement, said the Government is committed to achieve the goal of a polio-free Pakistan.
In Punjab, forty eight thousand teams have been formed to vaccinate over twenty million children.
In Sindh, nine million children will be vaccinated and administered vitamin A drops during the campaign.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, twenty-nine thousand teams will administer vaccine to above seven million children.
In Balochistan, over ten thousands team will ensure provision of vaccine to 2.4 million children in door to door campaign.
Polio teams will also be available at bus stops, railway stations, Afghan Refugees camps and other public places for the purpose.
Tight security measures have been taken for security of polio teams.
Meanwhile, in Gilgit-Baltistan, during the campaign over two hundred and forty-four thousand children will be administered anti-polio vaccine and Vitamin A drops.
Twelve hundred and thirty-eight medical teams are taking part in the campaign.