PESHAWAR, Dec 31: A three-day anti-polio campaign was launched in Fata on Monday except Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan Agencies and FR Peshawar.

The campaign in Kurram and Orakzai agencies will start from January 7, whereas due to law and order situation in FR Peshawar campaign has been postponed till further orders, according to a press release issued by the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI).

Inauguration ceremony was held at the Fata Secretariat. Representatives from WHO and Unicef were also present on the occasion.

The number of children to be vaccinated in the campaign is 763,079. A total of 2,692 vaccinators would participate in the drive, working with mobile, transit and fixed teams.

Speaking on the occasion, secretary Fata reiterated government’s resolve towards polio eradication and said it was a matter of great concern that Pakistan was one of the three countries declared polio endemic.

He stated that no stone shall be left unturned to achieve the goal of polio eradication. He said emergency action plan for polio eradication was being followed.—APP

Updated Jan 01, 2013 02:58am

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