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A THREE-DAY National Anti-Polio Campaign has begun all over Pakistan on Monday to administer the polio drops to children under the five years of age.


As far as Punjab is concerned, a total of 17.5 million children up to the age of five years will be administered polio drops. The Punjab Health Department has constituted about 39,000 vaccination teams. Special arrangements have been made for polio vaccination at the exit points of the cities and the border districts adjacent to the other provinces for administering polio drops to the travelling children.


A member of the polio vaccination teams informed the media that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had again supplied Indian-made finger markers for polio campaign. The campaign has started on Monday throughout the country while the WHO had supplied leaked and expired markers for more than 100,000 polio vaccination teams. At this time, the campaign has been going on in the whole of Pakistan. While previously the supply of India-made expired markers was made during a local campaign in Lahore, which thwarted the achievement of desired targets.


He said the WHO demanded 100 percent finger marking after the campaign at the time of evaluation. “This will be impossible for the vaccination teams to give the desired results with substandard marking material,” he added.


Meanwhile, the police have arrested an accused Abdul Ghaffar, who had attacked a polio worker in Manchanabad, Bahawalnagar. A case under Section 186/354 has been registered against him. Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said the government had adopted zero tolerance policy in providing the security to the polio teams. “Strict action will be taken against the culprits, who will be involved in attacking the polio vaccination teams,” he added.