Helping Polio Campaign
ThePakistan Army will help the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the eradication of polio from North and South Waziristan. The decision was taken in view of the recurring polio cases in these areas. Now, all teams of health workers will be accompanied by army personnel. There are three regions of concern with regard to the polio eradication program – the Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency and North and South Waziristan.
North Waziristan has recorded 33 polio cases in Pakistan’s total tally of 47 in 2014. South Waziristan had two cases, Khyber Agency one while Bannu had two cases. The army’s help has been sought in view of nonvaccination of over 300,000 children in these areas where the militants had banned vaccination in mid-2012.