MIRAN SHAH: The Health Department has dispatched a team to North Waziristan district after diphtheria reportedly affected several people.

The team was sent on directions of Health Minister Hasham Inamullah Khan to confirm if the disease breaks out or not.

The minister also  asked deputy commissioner and district health officer to take steps if there were people affected. Confirming the reports, focal person District Surveillance Response Team Dr Qasim Afridi said that two cases occurred in Shewa Chak Khan village where two children were taken to a hospital in Bannu.

Dr Afridi said that teams were dispatched to different areas for vaccination and added that there was no shortage of vaccines in the district as enough shots were brought from Islamabad on emergency basis.

He maintained that a report would be sent to Health Department after proper assessment and vaccination.