More than 8 million Pakistani children receive polio vaccines

The programme targeted more than 25 areas in Pakistan, which has recorded several hundred cases so far this year.

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More than 8 million Pakistani children have been vaccinated against polio as a result of the UAE’s Pakistan Assistance Programme.

The vaccinations took place over June, July and August, the state news agency Wam reported.

The initiative, which carried out the vaccines under the directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, falls in line with plans by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, to eradicate polio worldwide.

Helping more than 3 million children in June, more than 2 million in July, and almost 3 million in August, the campaign exceeded its target, Wam reported.

Among the more than 25 areas targeted were Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and other tribal districts.

More than 200 cases have been discovered in Pakistan this year.