A six-day polio eradication campaign has started in Karachi on Monday during which more than 2.2 million children will be administered anti-polio drops in 188 union councils.
Some 9,000 polio workers will take part in the campaign, said Radio Pakistan.
Commissioner Karachi Ejaz Ahmad Khan HAS urged the members of Task Force for Elimination of Polio to handle the challenges on a priority basis and to take on board all relevant stakeholders.
Pakistan is one of just three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria that have endemic polio, a once-common childhood virus that can cause paralysis or death.
However, immunisation efforts have in the past been hampered by militants.
Earlier this month, a polio team was fired upon by unidentified assailants in Quetta’s Shalkot area, leading to the death of two female polio workers. The community health worker, who was killed, was identified as Sakeena. She was accompanied by her daughter, who also died in the attack.
“The killings are very, very sad, but they will not have any impact on the eradication campaign because the federal government and all the international partners are fully committed to eradicate polio from Pakistan. We will not be brought down by this,” The Washington Post quoted Aziz Memon, Chairperson of the Pakistan Polio Plus Committee as saying in its report.
Militants in Pakistan repeatedly alleged that the immunisation campaigns are a cover for Western spies.
More than 4,000 polio teams have been formed
Three polio cases have emerged from Balochistan this year
Polio teams will administer oral polio vaccine drops to children Punjab, Balochistan, K-P and Fata
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