PESHAWAR, 27 November: The district administration of Peshawar has decided to arrest the parents refusing to administer polio drops to their children.

Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Riaz Mehsud told media persons on Thursday that the number of parents refusing to administer polio drops to their children has reduced from 16,000 to 1,385 in the last few months. He said most of the parents who refused to cooperate with polio vaccination teams belong to Shaheen Muslim Town, Yakkatoot, Hazarkhwani, Pakha Ghulam and Hayatabad.

The deputy commissioner said polio vaccination drive will be carried out in these areas today (Friday) in the supervision of police and people not cooperating with these teams will be arrested on the spot.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai had announced few days ago that action will be taken against the concerned district health officer instead of polio workers in case of failure of vaccination campaign in any area. Forty-two polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan this year most of which were reported from KP and FATA.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world where polio has been categorised as endemic viral infection. Refusal by some parents to administer polio vaccine to their children is one of the main reasons that this crippling disease could not be eliminated completely from Pakistan.

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