SWABI: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved Shuhada Package for two lady health workers (LHWs) who were martyred in firing by two unidentified motorcyclists in Swabi few days ago.

In this regard, the Finance Department has informed the district administration and health department of Swabi to fulfil legal requirements so that the package could be given to the families of the lady health workers immediately. The total package amount is Rs8.8 million, including Rs6.6 million cash and Rs2.2 million as price of the plots given to the families of martyrs.

On January 29, two LHWs, Shakeela Naz and Ghuncha Sartaj died in firing by unknown motorcyclist in Swabi. On the recommendation of the district administration and health department, the Finance Department approved Shuhada Package for the martyred LHWs as they laid down their lives in the line of duty. The family of each martyred LHW will get Rs3.3 million cash and Rs1.1 million as price for plot which is given to the families of martyrs.

Sources in Swabi health department said the legal formalities will be fulfilled within few days and the package will be given to the families of the martyrs LHWs within few days.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the work which have failed to fully eradicate polio due to refusal of some parents to cooperate with the vaccination teams and attacks on the vaccination teams by militants. Several attacks have been made on polio workers in Pakistan, particularly in KP, recently, which dented the vaccination efforts.

On December 19, 2019, a suicide bomber aiming to target a polio vaccination team exploded himself in Serai Naurang area of Lakki Marwat, but the vaccination team remained safe.

The suicide blast in Lakki Marwat happened a day after two police personnel appointed for providing security to vaccination teams during the anti-polio campaign in Lower Dir were shot dead.

On December 09, two people, including a lady health worker were killed in a firing incident in Bannu. Police said the LHW was going for a polio vaccination campaign when she was targeted by unknown armed men. She was on duty at the camp for temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) in Bakakhel area of Bannu.