PESHAWAR, 18 November: About 16,000 parents have refused to administer polio drops to their children during the last week’s three-day polio vaccination campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a report of the provincial polio control cell, about 53,000 children below the age of five years were given polio drops during the campaign which was 98 percent of the set target. The Health Department has also decided to utilise the services of the newly elected local bodies representatives in the polio vaccination campaigns. It has sent proposals in this regard to the provincial government.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world where polio is categorised as endemic viral infection. Vaccination efforts in some parts of KP and FATA were previously hampered due to law and order issues. However, after the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb in June last year, the situation improved considerably and the disease has also been controlled to a great extent.

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