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Anti-polio campaign to cover Afghan children in KP

Anti-polio campaign to cover Afghan children in KP

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:33

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan refugee children living in Pakistaninfo-icon’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province will be vaccinated against polio during a three-day campaign due to begin on July 25.

During the drive, children in eight high-risk districts of the province and 50 camps housing internally displace persons (IDPs)as well as Afghan refugees will be vaccinated.

The decisionduring at a meeting at Emergency Operation Centre here, chaired Coordinator Akbar Khan. He said a total of 1,994,000 children below five years of age would be covered.

At least 4,941 teams have been constituted to administer polio drops to the target children of KP, where a considerable decline has been seen in polio cases. The campaign will be conducted in Peshawar, Bannu, DI Khan, Tank,Karak, Kohat, Hangu and Lakki Marwat.

Stringent security arrangements will be made for the teams in the targeted areas while international agencies like WHO and UNICEF will utilise their resources to make the campaign a success.


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