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Caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar Launches Nationwide Anti-Polio Drive

In a significant move to eradicate polio, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar launched a five-day nationwide anti-polio vaccination drive in Pakistan. The campaign aims to administer the anti-polio vaccine to approximately 44 million children under the age of five.

The launch event took place at the Prime Minister’s House, where PM Kakar, accompanied by Interim Health Minister Dr Nadeem Jan and other senior officials, initiated the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine drops and vitamin A to children.

The prime minister lauded the efforts of the 350,000 polio workers participating in the drive, terming them as the nation’s heroes who have braved numerous challenges to make the anti-polio drive successful. He also acknowledged the support of international partners in assisting Pakistan in its mission to eradicate polio.

PM Kakar emphasized the crucial role of religious scholars and clerics in convincing parents to vaccinate their children. He stated, “It is our religious, moral, and social responsibility to save our future generations from this crippling disease. We have to make Pakistan free from polio.”

Pakistan, along with Afghanistan, remains one of the last two countries in the world where polio continues to threaten the health and well-being of children. Despite coming close to eradicating polio in 2021, when only one case was reported, Pakistan has seen a resurgence of cases this year, posing a significant challenge to the goal of eradicating the disease.

The current drive is a part of the country’s ongoing efforts to combat this public health issue. With the collective efforts of the government, health workers, and the public, the hope is that Pakistan will soon achieve a polio-free status.

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