Peshawar—A three-day active anti-polio campaign in FATA and FRs is being kicked off today and will continue till May 18.
This will be followed by catch up of missed children and surveillance activities. It will be fifth round of anti-polio campaign of low transmission season closing this month.
Some 9,65,633 children with the age below 5 years will be vaccinated by total 3,078 teams; comprising 2718 mobile teams, 270 fixed teams and 90 transit teams, under the supervision and security provided by political agents, commissioners, para military and military forces.
Polio high risk areas, including Khyber Agency (Jamrud, Bara), South Waziristan, North Waziristan Agency and FR Bannu (Baka Khail, Jani Khail, Hindi Khail and Sintanga), will be of focus during the campaign.
At the conclusion of previous (April) anti-polio campaign around 99 % of the target children were successfully vaccinated, 0.3% children were missed and only 32 refusals were recorded.
In 2016, the average percentage of target childrencovered during past 4 anti-polio campaigns of low transmission season has been maintained around 98% by polio teams, with rate of refusal below 1%. Last year only 16 polio cases were detected in FATA and FRs, whereas, in 2016 no (polio) case has surfaced so far.
In a meeting held at EOC FATA last month, TAG Chairman Jean Marc Olive acknowledged recent successes in polio eradication efforts in FATA and advised to work through and retain local vaccinators, reward good work and encourage.
Women to participate in polio campaigns as it could build confidence and trust of communities. He said we are really close to polio eradication.