PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the vaccination of children be carried out on war footing and the eradication of polio necessary for safeguarding the future of the nation. He directed the officials concerned that more effective and well-coordinated immunization and anti-polio campaign be followed vigorously in the province and FATA and vaccination of every child be ensured.
He was presiding over a high level meeting to review anti-polio campaign and polio situation in FATA, here on Wednesday. He asked the relevant officials to conduct regular meetings to review the polio situation in FATA and Province and ensure the effective anti-polio campaign and said that no negligence or dereliction would be tolerated in this regard. He said that in addition to concerned organizations and health department, political administration in should also take an active part in the campaign for complete eradication of crippling disease from the region and they should realize their responsibility in this regard. He directed that special arrangements be made for IDPs to administer polio drops. He said that every possible step should be taken to ensure the effective and successful door to door anti polio campaign through civil military coordination and the relevant officials of FATA and provincial government would have to work jointly to make Pakistan a polio-free region.
Governor said that our government is utilizing all available resources to protect children from crippling and fatal disease and asked the officials of the Extended Programme on Immunization (EPI) to play their role in eliminating crippling and fatal diseases threatening the children of the province and FATA. He said that relevant officials should provide best security to polio vaccination teams in Federal Administered Tribal Areas to avoid any untoward incidents.
Later, he was briefed with a presentation on the polio situation and its immunization. During the presentation, the polio issue was discussed on the basis of geographical location that showed unreachable target population in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along with vaccination points and permanent transit teams. He was also told that the number of polio cases has reached 206 in Pakistan this year. Up to 136 polio cases have been reported in Fata and 42 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Besides Principal Secretary to Governor, Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam, Secretary Administration, Infrastructure and Coordination Abid Majeed, Secretary Law and Order FATA, All political agents, relevant deputy commissioners, representative of HQ 11 Corps, and representative of IGFC, DG health FATA, Dr Parvez Kamal Kamal Khan and others participated in the meeting. The polio experts from World Health Organization (WHO), team leader UNICEF, team leader WHO FATA and representative of National Coordinator, Prime ministers’ Polio Monitoring & Coordination Cell and officials from the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) were also present on the occasion.
He asked all relevant officials for their effective participation in polio immunization campaign and hoped it would bear fruitful results. He also stressed on creating awareness among the masses about the life-long threats of polio disease.