Children to get polio drops in Khyber, under army watch

Published June 27, 2014
Pakistani police commandos guard a polio vaccination team at a security checkpoint in Bannu on June 26, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani police commandos guard a polio vaccination team at a security checkpoint in Bannu on June 26, 2014. — Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR: More than 20,000 children will get polio drops under the Pakistan Army's protection in a campaign starting from Friday in parts of Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency, the second most polio affected area after North Waziristan Agency.

The fourth phase of vaccination under Sehat Ka Insaf programme is being carried out under security by army, khasadars and paramiliatry Frontier Corps (FC) personnel.

More than 135 teams were set up to vaccinate at least 20,000 children.

The restive North Waziristan and Khyber Agency have seen multiple polio cases mainly because of the law and order situation, as thousands of children remained unattended.

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The North Waziristan operation is being viewed as a blessing in disguise for vulnerable children who would now easily be administered polio drops which could not have been done earlier due to persisting militant threats and inaccessibility.

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The children, now living with host families in schools and camps, are now being administered polio drops either at medical facilities or at registration points set up for Internally displaced people (IDPs).



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