BAJAUR AGENCY, Nov 19: A three days anti polio drive has launched in Bajaur Agency here on Monday in which 223,680 children are to be vaccinated against polio lethal virus across the region.
In this connection an inaugural ceremony was held in the Agency head quarter hospital on Monday that was chaired by Bajaur Agency Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah, and was attended by senior officials of health department, WHO, tribal elders and religious scholars.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Abdul Jabar Shah said that administration is adopting all possible means to defeat polio disease in the agency.
He called upon the tribal elders and religious scholars to lend their support to the administration as joint efforts and team spirit are vital for the elimination of polio disease from the agency.
“It is a fact that polio virus has become a national issue and the government is struggling to flush out this virus from the country but doing it without the cooperation of community is like a pie in the sky”, the political agent added.
He requested the tribal elders and Ulema’s to step up their efforts for creating awareness of the important of vaccination among the tribesmen to protect their children from the polio disease.
The political agent also urged the health department officials to accelerate their efforts for the early eradication of polio disease from the region.
He assured the polio teams of providing fool proof security during the campaigns and said that all possible measures are being taken for this purpose.
On the occasion, the political agent formally inaugurated the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine to a child.
Mean while, Agency surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told reporters here that 628 health teams would vaccinate 223,680 children against polio in the agency .
“We are hopeful that the agency would be soon declared free of polio as the ratio of vaccination in the region had been remained excellent during the last several campaigns”, he added.
To a question he said that female workers were still not being participated in the campaign because of security reasons.