Three-day anti-polio drive begins in KP, FATA, Balochistan
A three-day anti-polio drive started in selected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa FATA, Frontier Regions and Balochistan on Monday. According to Health Directorate Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the campaign have been launched in Lakki Marwat, D.I. Khan, Karak, Tank, Bannu and Hangu districts of KP, South Waziristan Agency and Frontier Regions, Radio Pakistan reported. During the campaign, more than one million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops. In Balochistan, the anti-polio drive is also launched in Quetta, Barkhan, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Zhob, Dera Bugti, Kohlu and Sherani districts today. Provincial Coordinator Polio Emergency Operation Centre, Syed Faisal Ahmed said that during the drive, more than six hundred thousand children below the age of five would be administered anti-polio vaccination. Special security measures have been taken to avoid any untoward incident during the campaign.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai attributing the phenomenal achievements in polio eradication to the front line workers has said that a single polio case in the province should not dampen our spirits. Shahram Khan Tarakai said that polio workers on ground were the real heroes who were fighting the battle against polio and added that the provincial government was mulling to encourage front line workers by awarding them commendatory certificates or in cash form. He was chairing a high level polio review meeting here on Monday at Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Minister for Health while highlighting the role of routine immunization coverages in polio eradication directed to notify Provincial Task Force for Routine Immunization (RI) so as to review the status of routine immunization in the Province. He also appreciated the guiding and supporting role of all the partner organizations saying that the teams on ground were working hard to implement the strategies and plans initiated by the technical experts in EOC. ‘The government will continue its strong and unwavering support for polio eradication and will not tolerate any negligence and complacency in this regard as it is a matter of our future generations,’ he added.