Punjab to administer polio vaccine and drops to children up to 10 years

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Sunday announced that children till the age of 10 years will be administrated polio drops after two new cases of polio surfaced in Lahore after two years.

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was briefed about the new cases of polio in the province and told the children were administered polio drops under the polio campaign, however, they were not administered the zero dose of the vaccine.

Terming the polio virus as a dangerous disease, the Punjab chief minister ordered that the age of children be raised to 10 years and directed the related department to take steps.

He added that the health department teams should ensure that every child is administered polio drops and that no child is left.

Expressing anger, the Punjab CM said there is no use in just talking and that action should be taken immediately to ensure that children are administered the vaccine.

He added, no negligence or shortcoming will be tolerated in this regard.

The chief minister further directed the authorities to take notice of the sewage situation at Outfall Road and that steps should be taken to provide clean water. Buzdar added an office of the Water and Sanitation Agency should be established at Outfall Road.

Punjab chief minister spokesperson Shehbaz Gill shared that the CM has directed that the polio campaign be fast-tracked. He added, the chief minister has summoned all the provincial commissioners and deputy commissioners on Monday for a meeting.

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