No polio case reported in FATA in 2017, Polio campaign starts today
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has reported no polio case in 2017, while the first anti polio campaign of 2018 would start on Monday (today)
The three-day anti-polio vaccination will be conducted, under the supervision of agency surgeons and security provided by political agents, commissioners and law enforcement forces.
The anti-polio vaccination campaign will continue from 15 to January 17 followed by catch-up of missed children. More than one million children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated with polio drops. At least 4365 polio teams comprising 3980 mobile teams, 285 fixed teams and 100 transit teams would take part in the drive across Fata.
Fata Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Coordinator, Muhammad Zubair Khan advised EOC Fata teams to focus on both polio high-risk settlements as well as high risk mobile population to ensure vaccination of all under five years’ old children in the region. He said that “We should concentrate on vaccinating high risk mobile children moving to and from the polio reservoir areas and the persistently missed children.”
Muhammad Zubair Khan said “We are close to eradicate polio in Fata. We have achieved the goal of keeping zero polio case status in Fata during 2017. And we have extraordinary opportunity to achieve our goal of polio eradication. Our immediate priority should be to meet all requirements needed to secure global certification.”
He appreciated efforts of field staff, saying that “The front line workers have left no stone unturned to safeguard children from polio virus in Fata but this dedication is needed to be sustained with the same zeal and commitment till the achievement of ultimate goal of polio eradication.”