APEC decided to launch anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency
Peshawar, January 19, 2016 - After reviewing the successful campaign in rest of FATA agencies, Emergency Operation Centre (FATA) has welcomed the decision of Agency Polio Eradication Committee (APEC) to start Polio campaign in Khyber Agency from January 23, 2017.
EOC also looked at the preparedness of the concerned staff not only in Khyber Agency but also in Wana tehsil of South Waziristan (SWA). Regular January campaign was launched on 16th January across the country including all FATA agencies. However, polio campaign in Khyber and Wana Tehsil of SWA were delayed due to administrative reasons.
APEC was held at Khyber House attended by Additional Political Agent, Agency Surgeon Khyber, representatives from WHO, UNICEF and security agencies to decide the launch of campaign in Khyber Agency on January 23, 2017.
The meeting expressed satisfaction over various community mobilization efforts carried out throughout FATA agencies especially in Khyber. They also thanked the community elders/Maliks for extending their unconditional support to the polio eradication initiatives of government of Pakistan in Khyber areas. Special Jirgas were held with all the community elders during January where large number of local Maliks attended and announced to support the program.
During the APEC meeting Additional Political Agent assured partners that security will be provided to the teams during campaign.
In a recently held FATA Task Force Meeting at Governor House, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said “FATA is almost polio free and by ensuring high quality campaigns and reaching out to each and every child across the agencies will make eradication a reality.”
Prime Minister Focal Person for Polio and Senator Aysha Raza Farooq, also attending the occasion, while reminding participants of targets set for new year said “We have come very close to our goal but this should not slow us down rather we should aim to carry out three high quality campaigns in the new year and defeat the virus completely by March 2017, and ensure that we could sustain it for the next three years.”
National Control Laboratory for Biologicals issued test reports of vaccines collected from Khyber Agency on December 21st, 2016 following some issues related to vaccine safety. Test results shows that no toxic, bacterial or fungal contamination were found in vaccine. Collected vaccine passed all the relevant tests and is considered safe.