As the country struggles to continue anti-polio campaigns against all odds, around 400,000 children missed the polio drops during the recent immunisation campaign against polio.
Besides, 250,000 children in South and North Waziristan Agencies have been remained unvaccinated since June 2012 due to a ban against polio immunisation imposed by Taliban.
The campaign ran from August 19 to September 6 in phases in different districts due to floods, security concerns and by-elections.
According to polio control room data available with The Nation, in the campaign total 34.17 millions children had to be targeted and of them 33.7 millions were vaccinated across the country.
Out of total 402,584 unvaccinated children about 15,084 could not be vaccinated in FATA, 345 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 3,222 in Islamabad, 145,259 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), 164,416 in Punjab, 56,675 in Sindh, 17,268 in Balochistan and 351 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Among the unvaccinated, around 62,078 are refusal cases while 34,506 children were not available when the teams went to administer polio drops.
According to official, a significant reason for this is the insecurity with continuing deaths of polio workers and security personnel assigned to protect them.
The insecurity has led to a rise in refusals and has compromised the way vaccinators do their tasks, often hurrying and not making home revisits, which results in a greater number of missed children.