PESHAWAR, 9 November: A three-day anti polio campaign will be kicked off in all the 25 districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, which will be followed by a catch-up day, officials of the provincial health department said on Monday. More than 5.4 million children under the age of five years will be immunized against polio virus across the province.

According to the Polio Emergency Operation Centre of Health department a total of 16406 teams including 14709 mobile, 1586 fixed and 111 roaming teams have been deputed to ensure the achievement of cent per cent targets of the drive. Apart from this, 774 transits points have also been set up at various places to ensure polio drops to children on travel.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the relevant quarters of health department with senior minister for health Shahram Tarakai in the chair discussed the preparations for the drive, said an official press release. The minister, while reiterating government’s commitment to eradicate polio from the province, directed the authorities to utilize all the available resources to ensure cent per cent results of the campaign. He further directed the authorities to pay special attention to the areas where refusal cases are reported and asked them to visit such areas personally and involve the local elected representatives and ulemas to convince the parents to get their children immunized against polio virus.

 

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