‘It’s time to vaccinate’: Govt kick-starts countrywide anti-Polio drive
The government of Pakistan has kick-started anti-Polio campaign countrywide today as it aims to eradicate the disease which exists only in 3 countries including Pakistan.
There are a number of factors why Polio still continues to exist in Pakistan. For example, killing of polio workers in fields and refusal by people in many parts of the country to vaccinate their children. The numbers are on the high side in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
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And this means Pakistan still remains Polio affected, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Since the introduction of the Polio Eradication Programme in 1994, the number of cases have greatly diminished but the disease has not been eradicated.
The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government introduced anti-Polio policies and now the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has followed into the footsteps and seem committed to end Polio once and for all.
‘Let’s all work together to end this crippling disease from Pakistan’
It’s time to vaccinate!
A nationwide campaign against Polio starts today in Pakistan. It's important for the public to cooperate with polio teams and get their children under 5 vaccinated. Let's all work together to eliminate this crippling disease from Pakistan. #PakFightsPolio pic.twitter.com/CKMRZWP4h8
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) December 10, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan urges Pakistan to step forward, take initiative and make the country Polio-free
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 10, 2018
Here’s to the brave and committed Polio workers who, despite all dangers, obstacles and weather conditions, continue to fulfill their responsibilities. More power to all Polio workers across country.
— polio warrior (@poliowarrior) December 10, 2018
Frontline workers are the backbone of Polio Eradication Initiative program, in Pakistan, polio workers go door to door to administer polio drops to all children under the age of five. #PakFightsPolio pic.twitter.com/tRikNJtCMB
— Zohaib (@Zohaib67679319) December 10, 2018
The disease has no cure but a few drops of the vaccine can save you from a lifetime of regret
Polio cannot be cured but can be prevented through vaccination. Giving multiple doses of polio vaccine will protect your child for life. #PakFightsPolio
— Ammar Shafiq (@ammarshafiq) December 10, 2018
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry says there has been a 97 percent reduction in Polio cases but the fight is not over yet
We’ve acheived 97% percent reduction in polio cases. But we’re not there yet. I urge parents to vaccinate their children to end polio once and for all. #PakFightsPolio
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 10, 2018
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari urges parents to help end Polio by vaccinating their children
The last anti-polio campaign of 2018 begins today. I appeal to all parents to help eradicate this menacing disease from Pak by ensuring their children receive polio drops. #PakFightsPolio
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) December 10, 2018
‘We will succeed soon’
We all have to become part of this compaign to make Pakistan polio free and we will succeed soon #PakFightsPolio
— Nadia Khatak (@Nadia_Khatak) December 10, 2018
‘1 drop of Polio for every child under 5’
For sake of future of our next generation, do cooperate with polio teams.
Save your kids from polio.
1 drop polio vaccine for every child under 5.
— Aqsa Janbaaazzz (@meaqsa2) December 10, 2018
Polio has affected thousands of lives in Pakistan throughout the years, but it is about time that we take substantive measures to end the disease once and for all.