Anti-polio immunisation campaign starts November 19

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

2012-11-07

PESHAWAR – The Pakistani government plans to launch a polio immunisation campaign November 19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), officials said.

"It is part of the series of special campaigns to administer additional doses to the children and scale up their immunity level against polio virus," Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah, focal person for polio at the KP chief minister's secretariat, told Central Asia Online.

KP has reported 20 polio cases this year, representing the highest number of any province in the country. FATA has 19 cases.

About 5m children under the age of 5 will receive oral polio vaccine during the campaign, he said.

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