Anti-Polio drive in FATA
Recently a 6-day anti-Polio campaign was launched in frontier region of Dera Ismail Khan, Tanko and South Wazirstan Agency. According to FATA Secretariat’s Emergency Operation Centre during the campaign 129,539 children under the age of five years would be given polio drops. Nearly 111 mobile, 29 fixed and 15 transit teams with 375 community health workers have taken part in the campaign. This year already twelve cases have been recorded in Pakistan, fortunately no case is found in FATA region.
However Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries in world where polio is crippling small kids. The main reason is militants threat. But Pakistan has provided and tighten the security for the polio team workers to eradicate polio and be a poliofree country. —Kech, Balcohistan