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Pakistan kicks off nationwide polio vaccination campaign to inoculate 40 million children

10:49 AM | 16 Jan, 2023
Pakistan kicks off nationwide polio vaccination campaign to inoculate 40 million children
Source: UNICEF Pakistan_Twitter

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Monday kicked off a two-week-long anti-polio vaccination campaign to vaccinate around 40 million children under the age of five against the crippling disease in two phases.

The first national immunization campaign of 2023 started amid threats from militants who attacked polio workers and security personnel, months after the country reported nearly 20 cases of the contagious virus in the northwestern region bordering Afghanistan.

Reports in local media said over 1 lac trained and dedicated health workers are taking part in the campaign to inoculate the targeted children at their doorstep.

In a statement, Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, Abdul Qadir Patel said linked eliminating the poliovirus in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is crucial for eliminating polio from the country.

Patel added that the South Asian nation was close to the finish line to achieve the polio-free target, saying the government has reduced the virus to only one small part of the country with all-out efforts.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre reiterated aim is to ensure timely and repeated vaccination of all children. He mentioned targeting high-risk districts at first to protect the rest of the region.

He also urged all parents to get their children immunised against the polio virus, saying no child is safe until all children are truly vaccinated.

Polio is a highly infectious and debilitating disease that is usually spread through contaminated water or food. Invading the nervous system, the disease can cause total paralysis within hours.

The contagious virus thrived in the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan where militants attacked and even killed anti-polio teams.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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