The Bangsamoro autonomous region in southern Philippines restarted on Monday the anti-polio campaign that had been suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The campaign, which will run till Aug. 20, is expected to administer anti-polio vaccine to at least 839,677 children, according to a statement by Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Ministry of Health.

The drive will be conducted in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi provinces.

“We are doing this campaign for the sake of our children, we cannot allow them to be exposed to many health risks while facing a health crisis,” Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan said.

Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim assured that the region’s “overall healthcare is protected and competent.”

A total of 402 virus cases have been registered in Bangsamoro to date, including seven deaths and 120 recoveries.

Copyright 2021 Anadolu Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.