Pakistan receives funds for eradicating polio
The Government of Japan recently announced a grant provision of 520 million Yen to support the supply of essential polio vaccines during the 2017-2018 in Islamabad. The grant notes were signed and exchanged between the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The grant is worth $4.63 million that will support the procurement of over 28 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). It will be sufficient to vaccinate 25 million children under the age of five in the high-risk districts across Pakistan, enabling the program to quickly close the immunity gaps.
Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq has pointed out that Pakistan’s programme is rated among one of the best public health service delivery initiatives across the globe.