Anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency and Wana launches on Monday

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PESHAWAR: Five days anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency and Wana Subdivision of South Waziristan Agency will start on Monday January 23, 2017. Active campaign will continue for five days from Monday January 23rd to Friday January 27th, followed by catch up of missed children, under the supervision and assistance of political agents, commissioners and security forces.

 

In Khyber Agency, about 2.25 lakh children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated by 869 teams, comprising 791 mobile teams, 52 fixed teams and 26 transit teams. While in Wana Subdivision 44 mobile teams, 20 fixed and 8 transit teams will be vaccinating 72202 children. 

 

Due to ongoing community mobilization and validation of micro-plans, anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency and Wana subdivision of South Waziristan was postponed for a week. Agency Polio Eradication Committee (APEC), in its recently held meeting at Khyber House on January 19, 2017, decided to continue with the plan of launching anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency from Monday (January 23, 2017).

 

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) FATA confirmed that all the arrangements have been finalized for the campaign and health teams are ready to reach out to every child in both the agencies.

 

EOC Coordinator FATA urged the parents to ensure that all their children under 5 are vaccinated during this round. He said that thanks to cooperation of the community and hard work of our courageous health workers/Sehat Muhafez, Khyber Agency did not report any case during 2016. “We want to get rid of virus forever from Khyber and rest of FATA and this is the time to give the virus final push and ensure a healthy and safe future for our children,” he added.