Pakistan kicks off nationwide polio vaccination campaign to inoculate 13.5mn children

09:18 AM | 28 Nov, 2022
Pakistan kicks off nationwide polio vaccination campaign to inoculate 13.5mn children
Source: Pak Fights Polio (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Monday kicked off a week-long anti-polio vaccination campaign to vaccinate more than 13 million children under the age of five against the crippling disease.

During the week-long campaign, children would be administered polio drops in nine districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, and six districts of Balochistan and Islamabad.

The campaign will then start in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on December 5, targeting nine high-risk districts of the region, reports said as more than 1 lac trained polio workers will be engaged in the vaccination drive.

Federal Minister for National Health Services Abdul Qadir Patel said If we manage to eradicate the contagious virus from southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we will succeed in eliminating it from across the country.

Minister also expressed hope to achieve the targeted results after the third polio campaign of the current year.

Amid the campaign, Sehat Tahhafuz helpline 1166 and WhatsApp helpline 0346-777-65-46 are available to help parents to get their children immunized against the disease.

The drive was launched amid rising polio cases in the country. In the ongoing year, more than 20 cases of the contagious disease were reported in North Waziristan. Earlier, National Polio Lab detected the child-crippling disease virus in sewage water samples collected from five cities, including Peshawar, Swat, Rawalpindi, Bannu, and South Waziristan.

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


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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