Three-day anti-polio drive in FATA starts from today

PESHAWAR: A three-day anti-polio campaign is starting in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the frontier regions from today (Monday) to vaccinate children aged below five years of age against the crippling disease.

A press release issued by the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Fata said that the campaign would be followed by a catch-up activity to vaccinate the missed children.  The drive is the fifth round of the current low transmission season.

Some 965,633 children below five years of age will be vaccinated by a total of 3,078 teams, including 270 fixed and 90 transit teams. The security forces and the political administration will provide security to the vaccinators.

The high-risk areas, including Jamrud and Bara tehsils in Khyber Agency, South and North Waziristan and frontier regions of Bannu Bakakhel, Janikhel, Hindikhel and Sintanga will be focused during the campaign.

The press release said that around 99 percent of the target children were vaccinated in the anti-polio campaign conducted in April. It said that only 0.3 percent children were missed and only 32 refusals were recorded.

In 2016, the average percentage of the target children covered during the last four anti-polio campaigns was around 98 percent with below 1 percent refusals. Last year only 16 polio cases were detected in Fata and FRs while this year no confirmed polio case has surfaced so far.

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