On Monday, Acting Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar inaugurated a comprehensive five-day anti-polio immunization campaign to reach approximately 44 million children nationwide.
At the PM House, the prime minister symbolically began the initiative by giving children the anti-polio oral vaccine drops and vitamin A. Interim Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan and other high-ranking officials were in attendance.
During his address, PM Kakar highlighted that a workforce of 350,000 dedicated polio workers would ensure the vaccination of 44 million children aged between 0 to 5 years.
He celebrated these polio workers as the true heroes of the nation, acknowledging the risks they undertake for the campaign’s success. Kakar also expressed gratitude for the international community’s assistance in Pakistan’s journey towards eliminating polio.
Furthermore, Kakar called upon religious leaders to advocate for the vaccination, encouraging parents to get their children immunized. “Our moral, spiritual, and societal duty mandates that we shield our upcoming generations from this debilitating illness,” he emphasized. “Our mission is a polio-free Pakistan.”