PESHAWAR: A three-day National Immunisation Drive will kick off in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas from today (Monday). Polio workers are aiming to target 6.5 million children against the crippling disease.
According to details, up to 5.6 million children will be inoculated against the poliovirus in the province while another 0.98 million children will be administered polio drops in the tribal areas.
A total of 23,316 teams— 20,348 mobiles, 1,856 fixed, 980 transit and 132 roaming [only in K-P]—will be administering polio drops.
More than 23,000 police personnel and law enforcers have been deployed to provide security to frontline workers during the K-P campaign.
Meanwhile, tribal elders in Lower Mohmand Tarakzai have threatened to boycott the polio campaign if the political administration failed to ‘change its attitude towards the Tarakzai tribesmen’.
They claimed that allowances and other privileges of the tribesmen had been halted over the past few months.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 26th, 2016.
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