PESHAWAR: As the government kicked off an anti-polio campaign in Bannu Division, another polio case surfaced from Jani Khel area of Bannu district on Monday. With the new case, the total number of polio cases in the province now reached 18.

According to the district health officer, Tawas Khan, the case has been confirmed in a 17-months-old boy in Jani Khel area. This is the 9th case in Bannu district during the last few months.

Polio campaign begins

In view of polio outbreak in Bannu division and continuous virus circulation in the province, Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched polio case response campaign in Bannu division, Dera Ismail Khan division, and in some parts of Malakand and Hazara division.

The special case response campaign will be carried out amid tight security measures in District Bannu, Lakki Marwat, North Waziristan, DI Khan, Tank, South Waziristan, Shangla, Buner and Torghur. The decision to this effect was taken in a high- level meeting held here with Coordinator EOC Captan Kamran Ahmed Afridi.

The meeting was informed that a total of 1104023 children under the age of five will be immunized in the door to door campaign. A total of 4710 vaccination teams have been constituted for the campaign out of which 3127 will be mobile teams, 260 fixed teams, 235 transit teams, 60 roaming teams, 1028 community health workers while 836 area in-charges will be deployed to monitor these teams and quality of the campaign.

Speaking on the occasion, Coordinator EOC Capt (R) Kamran said the major cause of polio cases is refusing parents with doubts in their minds and appealed to parents not to pay attention to propaganda as polio vaccine was completely safe and has no side effects.

Kamran Afridi said that millions of doses have been administered to children in the country with no adverse effects adding that polio has been eradicated in the world using the same vaccine. Refusing vaccination leads to continuous virus circulation and polio cases that takes us away from polio eradication, he added.

It merits mention here that the total number of polio cases in the country has soared to 23 during 2019 so far, out of which 18 confirmed polio cases have been reported from KP.

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