The second phase of the anti-polio programme in Pakistan commenced from November 30. Some 7.2 million children under five years will be given polio drops. According to the health department, volunteers and health workers manning more than 30,000 mobile units have been given specific centres in the province for administering the drops. The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children's Fund have set December 2000 as the deadline for complete polio control in Pakistan. So far this year, only 56 cases of polio have been reported in Sindh as against 191 last year.
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