KARACHI: The health minister launched on Saturday a province-wide oral polio vaccination (OPV) campaign — scheduled in 29 districts from Sept 21 to Sept 27 — at EPI hall in the city.

This is the second province-wide campaign since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, with the first one organised last month.

The campaign targets 9,148,355 children under the age of five out of whom more than 2.2 million children reside in Karachi.

At the official launch, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, secretary health Dr Kazim Jatoi, coordinator of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Polio, Sindh, Fayaz Abbasi and other team members administered vaccine drops to children and distributed gifts among them.

“I appeal to parents to cooperate during this campaign. It is absolutely necessary that children receive these life-saving vaccines and also complete their routine immunisation,” the minister said, while speaking at the event.

Published in Dawn, September 20th, 2020