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UN launches polio immunisation drive in Pak, Afghanistan

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 11:24

United Nations: The UN has launched a massive polio immunisation drive in Afghanistan and Pakistan during which millions of children are expected to receive vaccination of the deadly disease.

The three-day polio immunisation drive is being launched jointly by the United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to tackle the spread of the deadly disease, the UN said yesterday.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two countries among the four in the world where polio is still endemic.

While in Afghanistan, an estimated 2.8 million children under the age of five will be targeted by the new campaign, in Pakistan, the campaign is concentrated but not limited to high-risk border districts as a result of the polio outbreak last year close to the Afghan border.


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 11:24
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