Via Dawn.com: 47,099 children miss polio vaccine because of parents. Excerpt:
Despite a massive campaign to highlight the importance of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), as many as 47,099 children were missed out in recent polio vaccination drive because of parents’ refusal.
The Federal Capital is no exception where parents of 251 children refused to get the mandatory polio drops to their sons and daughters of below five-year age.
Besides, 2,895 children could not be reached because of different reasons including change of addresses or they were out of the city.
According to a data provided by World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 24,968 refusals came from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14,978 from Sindh, 5,068 from Balochistan, 910 from Punjab, 889 from Federally Administered Tribal Area, 32 from AJK and three from Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, during the campaign, held from November 18 to 20, 33.04 million children were successfully vaccinated whereas 2.34 million were missed in the country.
Documents shows 172,000 health workers participated in the polio campaign, which covered 97 per cent area of the country (excluding North and South Waziristan).
Till November 2013, more cases of polio (72) were reported as compared to the same period last year when 57 cases surfaced. Polio patients were mainly found in inaccessible areas.