PESHAWAR: The Paramedical association has decided to boycott anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been scheduled for January 19 across the province, over the government inaction to meet their demands.

Around 5.898 million children set to be administered the vaccine across the province along with the tribal districts in the anti polio vaccination campaign next week.

Talking to media on Friday, the president of the association Rashid Bukhari said that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has showed no interest to fulfill their demands, therefor, they have decided to boycott the upcoming anti polio campaign in Kohat district.

Bukhari announced to observe one day strike on January 29 in the entire district in favor of their demands. Referring to their demands, he asked the government to ensure one time promotion and recruitment of qualified paramedics in health departments at the earliest. He demanded that classes at  Post Graduate Paramedical Institute Peshawar should be started forthwith.

The anti-polio campaign will formally start from January 21 (Monday) in all districts of the province for which all arrangements have been completed. In this connection, a meeting was held with Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Captain (Retd) Kamran Khan Afridi in the chair and reviewed overall arrangements for it. Director Expanded Program for Immunization, Dr Akram Shah, UNICEF Team Leader, Dr Muhammad Johar, Focal Person BMG, Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah, Team Leader WHO, Dr Abadi and other officers attended.

The meeting decided to arrange the vaccination drive in 12 Afghan Refugees and Displaced Persons’ camps. Around 27300 teams would take part in the campaign. As many as 19398 mobile, 1620 fixed, 999 transit and 185 roaming teams will take part in the campaign to be monitored by 5098 area in-charges while 30000 policemen and law enforcers will provide security to make the province-wise campaign successful.

Administration completes preparations to eliminate poliovirus from the district Bajaur.

Bajaur district, where the last two polio victims were detected, is ready to eliminate the virus from the district, says Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud while briefing the media persons about preparation for the three-day anti-polio drive on Friday.

“The administration is committed to get rid the district of polio disease forever,” claimed Mehsud. He said that the detection of recent polio cases in the district has further strengthened their determination and resolve to make the district free of poliovirus.

He said the administration would use all-out efforts and resources to make the district free of polio as polio disease has become a great challenge of the administration following the detection of new polio cases.

District surgeon Dr Wazir Khan was also present on the occasion who briefed the media about the arrangements of the upcoming anti-polio drive scheduled to be launched on Jan 21. He said the health department has increased the number of polio teams for the upcoming polio drive in the district to make the drive more effective and productive.

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