ISLAMABAD: Around 2.5 million children were administered polio vaccination in 21 areas of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal regions last week.
The initiative comes in the second week of a mass campaign launched by the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP), in implementation of the directives of UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and as part of the initiative of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE PAP said around 5,000 teams worked intensively between June 7 and June 19 as part of the campaign using health centres at local communities and mobile units to reach remote areas.
The three-month polio vaccination campaign, which targets more than 3.6 million children in 24 areas in Pakistan, is being carried out in cooperation with Pakistan Army, Ministry of Health Services, World Health Organisation and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata governments.
On April 24, 2013, General Shaikh Mohammed had pledged a donation of Dh440m to support global efforts to eradicate polio by 2018.
Director of the UAE PAP Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli described the polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan as an exceptional success saying it further recognises the UAE’s humanitarian efforts.”