Bajaur villagers end boycott of anti-polio drive

Updated 24 Sep 2020

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Residents of two villages of Bajaur’s Barang teshil have ended boycott of the ongoing anti-polio campaign, according to a statement issued by the deputy commissioner’s office. — AFP/File
Residents of two villages of Bajaur’s Barang teshil have ended boycott of the ongoing anti-polio campaign, according to a statement issued by the deputy commissioner’s office. — AFP/File

BAJAUR: Residents of two villages of Bajaur’s Barang teshil have ended boycott of the ongoing anti-polio campaign, according to a statement issued by the deputy commissioner’s office here on Wednesday.

It said several residents of Danad and Jalalisar areas agreed to allow vaccination of their children after successful talks between the local elders and a team of officials.

Soon after receiving information that some residents had refused vaccination of their children, a team of officials led by additional deputy commissioner (general) Zameen Khan visited the areas to convince them on vaccination, saying the vaccine was critical for saving the minors from lifelong paralysis.

The statement said about 204 residents of Danad and five villagers of Jalalisar agreed to allow vaccination of their children.

The statement said the officials also warned the residents against creating hurdles to anti-polio effort.

According to the statement, the officials also visited a number of other areas of to check the performance of polio workers.

POLICE TRAINING STRESSED: Jamaat-i-Islami MPA Sirajuddin Khan on Wednesday called for arranging training workshops for the police personnel in the tribal district.

Talking to reporters during a visit to the police station in Umary area of Mamound tehsil, he said though regular policing had been extended to the tribal districts the personnel were not aware about the basic of policing system as most of them were drawn from Levies and Khasadar forces. He said most of the personnel deployed at the police stations did not even know how to register an FIR.

The Jamaat lawmaker also expressed concern over the fact that only two police stations had been set up in Bajaur for a population of one million people, and asked the government to establish at least two police stations in each subdivision.

Published in Dawn, September 24th, 2020