PESHAWAR: FATA has reported no polio case in 2017. According to details, first anti-polio campaign of the year 2018 starts Monday morning with the zeal to help keep zero polio case status in FATA.
The three-day anti-polio vaccination will be conducted, under the supervision of agency surgeons and security provided by political agents, commissioners and law enforcement forces.
The anti-polio vaccination campaign will continue from January 15, 2018 to January 17, 2018, followed by catch up of missed children. Total of 1,025,429 children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated with polio drops by 4, 365 teams— 3980 mobile teams, 285 fixed teams and 100 transit teams.
FATA EOC Coordinator Muhammad Zubair Khan advised EOC FATA Team to focus on both polio high risk settlements as well as high risk mobile population to ensure vaccination of all under-five years’ old children in FATA. EOC FATA Coordinator added that “we should concentrate on vaccinating high risk mobile children moving to and from the polio reservoir areas and the persistently missed children.”
Zubair Khan said, “We are close to eradicating polio in FATA. We have achieved the goal of keeping zero polio case status in FATA during 2017. And we have extraordinary opportunity to achieve our goal of polio eradication. Our immediate priority should be to meet all requirements needed to secure global certification.”
While appreciating the efforts of field staff he said that “the front line workers have left no stone unturned to safeguard children from poliovirus in FATA but this dedication is needed to be sustained with the same zeal and commitment till the attainment of the ultimate goal of polio eradication.”