0.967 m children to be immunized in special anti-polio drive in southern KP: EOC

PESHAWAR: Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to carry out case response in Lakki Marwat, D.I.Khan, Hangu, Karak, Tank, Bannu and Hangu districts of the province following a report of polio case from Lakki Marwat district last month.

According to news released by Emergency Operations Center (EOC) KP, the special campaign will start from October 9 to October 11 followed by one day catch-up in the six districts.

A total of 0.967 million children will be vaccinated against polio in the case response for which 3427 total teams have been constituted—out of which 3385 were mobile teams, 266 fixed, 215 transit while 61 were roaming teams.

Moreover, strict security measures have been taken to ensure smooth conduct of the campaign and to provide security cover to the Sehat Muhafiz.

A total of 5561 security personal have been deployed in Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Hangu, Tank, D.I.Khan and Karak district where the campaign will be conducted.

The case response has been planned to stop virus transmission in the region and to protect the children from polio.

It is worth mentioning that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made a significant progress in polio eradication and has remained polio free for more than a year before the first polio case was recorded on 21st, 2017.

The two years old Zunaira from Tajori Union Council of Lakki Marwat tested positive for polio last month which prompted the case response in Lakki Marwat and adjoining districts.