PESHAWAR: The three-day National Immunisation Days (NIDs) to administer anti-polio drops to five million children across the province would start today (Monday).
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar would inaugurate the campaign. More than 9,000 teams and 13,500 lady health workers (LHWs) have been tasked to administer anti-polio drops to children in their respective catchment areas, said Dr Janbaz Afridi, provincial deputy director of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have recorded 10 cases of polio this year. Dr Janbaz Afridi said they had increased the number of supervisors to 1,800 to monitor the performance of the field workers while 179 campaign support persons would be deployed to supervise the teams.
Besides, 1,550 teams would be available at fixed sites to immunise the children and another 600 teams would do this work in busy places like bus stands, outpatient departments of hospitals, toll plazas and points to be set up by traffic and motorway police.
The vaccinators, he said, would also cover 202,123 Afghan children and another 1.1million in Fata.He said they had entered into partnership with National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF), which yielded positive results as in the last two months they had addressed about 3,500 refusals.
Tahseenullah Khan, Coordinator for the NRDF, said decrees (fatwas) were obtained from religious scholars in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas, adding that about 1,700 clerics, prayer leaders and religious scholars were actively supporting the anti-polio campaign.
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