Cricketers to raise awareness about polio vaccination as PCB joins with NEOC

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Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme today joined hands together on the mission of polio eradication in the country.

PCB and NEOC together on the mission of polio eradication in the country. Both parties will conduct a wide range of activities to raise awareness on the importance of polio vaccination.

Pakistan’s top cricketers will be part of various campaigns that will be held during cricket events to raise awareness of vaccine acceptance in the country.

“The PCB is excited to play its role in the aspiration to have a polio-free Pakistan. We, as an organisation, are always ready to step-up and use the platform of cricket to help reach out to the population by raising greater awareness of national causes,” Wasim Khan said in a statement.

NEOC’s coordinator for Polio Eradication, Rana Muhammad Safdar stated that the cricketers are perfect role models for the children and youth of Pakistan. Cricketers’ part in this campaign will help polio eradication.

“I am glad that they are now formally part of our national mission of polio eradication. Through this partnership, cricketers will play an instrumental role in promoting vaccine acceptance. I believe our collective efforts will help in achieving the goal of a polio-free Pakistan,” Rana Safdar said.

Government and Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme partners are confident that after the partnership with PCB, there will be an increase in vaccine acceptance and demand for polio vaccination across Pakistan.

It seizes the nervous system, leading to paralysis or even death. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children as there is no cure for this disease yet.

Each time a child under the age of five is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased. Repeated immunizations have protected millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries in the world to become polio-free.

It must be noted Pakistan is one of the two polio-endemic countries in the world along with neighboring Afghanistan. There was an upsurge in the polio cases as a total of 80 cases have been reported in Pakistan until November 6, 2020.

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