PEACEFUL: A three-day campaign to vaccinate against oral polio (OPV) is expected to begin in the Khyber Pakhtunkwa tribal areas.
The campaign against poliomyelitis will continue from today (Monday) and will continue until Wednesday, under the supervision and security provided by county health officials, deputy commissioners and security forces. After this campaign, catching up with missed children and watching.
A total of 892 471 children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated only with polio vaccination in seven tribal districts for 4058 groups, including 3741 mobile teams, 222 fixed groups and 95 transit groups.
Poultry Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkwa EAC Coordinator Kamran Ahmed Afridi said that "children in transit should be specifically targeted at polio vaccination, since road seams may be the source of the transmission and spread of poliomyelitis and the impact on children in place of destination ".
He directed the transit teams to be vigilant in the area of poliomyelitis, especially teams located at interdistrict, between provincial and international borders. He said that the poliomyelitis virus is still in circulation and is aimed at ensuring the vaccination of every child who goes to and from tribal districts.
He called for a reduction in the number of cases of poliomyelitis as a difficult work by frontline policymakers and tips to focus on vaccination in the area of Bajaur and Khyber during the campaign. The Coordinator highly appreciated the special support of the Pakistani Army for reaching sensitive areas of high security and safety and advised polio groups on special training to ensure the vaccination of each child, especially in the areas of South Waziristan and Northern Waziristan.
Three cases of poliomyelitis were recorded in Tribal District last year: two cases from Bajaur and one case of poliomyelitis from the Khyber district. Thanks to the timely vaccination during the campaigns, all three children were rescued from paralysis. Experts called the transfer of polio virus from one area to another as the cause of these cases, and underlined the need to stop the transmission of polio virus.
Posted in Daily Times, December 10thth 2018