Peshawar(July 02, 2018): A three-day anti-polio campaign begins in sixteen districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today.
According to Provincial Health Department, the districts include Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera, Bannu, Karak, Tank, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan districts.
More than three point five million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.About fourteen thousand teams have been constituted which will visit door-to-door to ensure administering anti-polio drops to the children.
Polio teams will also be available at railway stations, bus stands, Afghan refugees camps and other public places to ensure administering anti-polio drops to each and every child.
Bill Gates Hails Pakistan Army Efforts in Polio Eradication:
On June 07, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chairman Bill Gates called the army chief and acknowledged the “supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan”, military’s spokesperson tweeted.
In reply, Gen Bajwa appreciated Gates’ efforts towards “this noble cause and assured him of continued full cooperation in the best interest of Pakistan”, said Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.
Bill Gates called COAS. Acknowledged supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan. COAS appreciated his efforts towards this noble cause and assured him continued full cooperation in best interest of Pakistan.@BillGates #PolioFreePakistan
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 7, 2018
Gates earlier appreciated the progress achieved in the eradication of polio over the last four years in Pakistan and expressed hope that the goal of complete eradication from the remaining three pockets in the country would be achieved soon.