UAE official praises efforts of polio teams in Pakistan
Gulf Today|February 21, 2021
The number of global polio infections decreased in 2020 to 140 cases, including 84 in Pakistan and 56 in Afghanistan

ABU DHABI

Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of UAE PAP, commended the efforts and sacrifices of vaccination teams comprising doctors, nurses, and security personnel who faced dire field conditions and challenges, which contributed to the success of the UAE Polio Vaccination Campaign, carried out in Pakistan from 2014 to the end of 2020. He affirmed that the campaign covers 94 areas every month, which account for 59 per cent of Pakistan’s total landmass, serving over 16 million Pakistani children.

Children in these areas are in constant need of vaccines throughout the year, due to malnutrition and weak immunity, and an environment that acts as an incubator of the disease, which makes the job of the programme’s teams even harder, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, he further added.

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