Via Dawn.com: KP govt plans to vaccinate more than 300,000 displaced children. Excerpt:
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Health Department is planning to vaccinate about 660,000 children in seven districts of the province where Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have relocated in the wake of Operation Zarb-i-Azb.
Almost half of the numbers of youngsters who will be vaccinated are likely to be children displaced from NWA.
The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) data shows that the total number of IDPs so far registered with the authority is 787,888. Of these, the number of children is around 339,456, according to the FDMA data.
Talking to Dawn.com, Deputy Director EPI Programme Dr Raheem Khattak said that the NWA children have been at a higher risk as polio vaccination could not be carried out in the areas there since 2012.
“The moving population, mostly children have low immunity level, has also put the host population at risk. We are hoping to vaccinate some 660,000 host and IDPS children in seven districts of the province,” he said.
He said that North Waziristan had been a challenge for the authorities.
“Of the 88 polio cases in 2014, 60 are from the North Waziristan. Now an entire population has migrated and this is a chance to vaccinate them,” he added.
Five polio cases were recorded from Peshawar, one from Mardan, two are from Bannu and another five from South Waziristan Agency.