ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan MATSUDA Kuninori has appreciated the start of nationwide Immunisation campaign for a polio-free Pakistan, which started yesterday and will continue until April 2.
The Ambassador hoped that the campaign would be implemented successfully and it would lead to a polio-free Pakistan in the near future, said a press release issued here Tuesday.
He paid tribute to the polio workers and hoped that the polio workers would be safe from COVID-19 amid the growing third wave in Pakistan.
Japan has been supporting Pakistan in its effort to eradicate polio from Pakistan with a cumulative amount of $229 million since 1996.
Ambassador MATSUDA said, “Japan has been cooperating with Pakistan in collaboration with international organizations to eradicate polio from Pakistan as one of the most important areas of Japanese cooperation and will continue helping Pakistan in the future.”
It is noted that , 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 achieving 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 vaccines to above seven million children.
In Balochistan, over ten thousand teams will ensure the provision of vaccines to 2.4 million children in the door-to-door campaign.
Polio teams will also be available at bus stops, railway stations, Afghan refugee camps, and other public places for the purpose.
Tight security measures have been taken for the security of polio teams.
Meanwhile, in Gilgit-Baltistan, during the campaign over two hundred and forty-four thousand children will be administered the anti-polio vaccine and Vitamin A drops.
Twelve hundred and thirty-eight medical teams are taking part in the campaign.