Anti-polio workers proved to be national heroes as no new case emerged: CM Punjab

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated a 5-day anti-polio drive by administrating vaccines to children at his office on Monday. Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, chief secretary and primary and secondary health department secretary also administered the vaccine to the children. SACM Hasaan Khawar and others were also present.

During the campaign ending on December 17, one lakh and 56 thousand polio workers would administer anti-polio drops to 17 million children up to five years in the province. Two days are reserved for children who could not be given the vaccine for some reason.

The CM termed the anti-polio workers as national heroes because no polio case has been reported this year due to their hard work and commitment to the cause of eradicating polio from the country. It is satisfying that all samples collected during the last six months have been found free from poliovirus; he said and added that saving the children from polio disease was a collective responsibility. The anti-polio teams are also trained about observing anti-corona SOPs, he added.