Every now and then I shake my head at the number of polio reports I have to post about. Sixty-five years ago this month I was recovering from my own bout of polio (and I was one of the lucky ones); a few years later, aged 15 or so, I took one of the first vaccines.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will launch a massive immunisation campaign next month to provide oral polio vaccine to about 700,000 children in Peshawar district, officials say.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leadership is busy in hammering out modus operandi of the campaign to be led by its chairman Imran Khan, they said, adding that it would be the biggest ever campaign in Peshawar, which is one of the five high-risk districts of the province.
Last week Mr Khan had announced to lead the campaign after killing of two policemen protecting the vaccinators in Swabi and he subsequently inaugurated the drive in Nowshera.
According to the officials, the PTI will lead the vaccination drive in Peshawar to stop transmission of the virus within three months. The World Health Organisation has already declared Peshawar as a polio reservoir besides saying that all 11 polio cases recorded by Afghanistan in 2013 belonged to Peshawar.
Officials in the high-risk districts said that the federal government didn’t take interest in Mr Khan’s move though he had been widely acclaimed for lending his much-needed support to the campaign.