Anti-polio vaccination and Vitamin A campaign in FATA begins Monday

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PESHAWAR: Three days anti polio vaccination campaign will start in FATA from tomorrow Monday November 20, 2017, under the supervision of agency surgeons and security provided by political agents, commissioners and armed forces.

The anti-polio vaccination campaign will continue from November 20, 2017 to November 22, 2017, followed by catch up of missed children.

Total of 1040396 children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated with polio drops by 4384 teams: comprising 3990 mobile teams, 293 fixed teams and 101 transit teams.

During the campaign vitamin A capsules will be administered to address the deficiency of vitamin A among children in FATA. Polio vaccination teams will be administering vitamin A to total of 936356 children from the age of 6 months to 5 years across FATA.

EOC Coordinator FATA Muhammad Zubair Khan advised EOC FATA Team to “ensure vaccination of all under five years’ old children in FATA with focus on persistently missed and children on the move during anti polio campaign”.

He said “effective collaboration for the improvement in quality of campaigns, robust oversight of campaign monitoring and accountability are vital to keep zero polio case status of FATA”.

EOC FATA coordinator added “we should concentrate on polio high risk areas and ensure reaching children in every nook and corner of FATA”.

While appreciating efforts of polio field workers Muhammad Zubair Khan said “dedication and commitment of polio field teams have brought us thus far and I am sure their tenacity will lead us to ultimately polio eradication in FATA.”

FATA is the only region which has achieved 2016-2017 National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) target of  95% in at least three anti polio campaigns (coverage for February, April and May 2017 was 96%, 95% and 97%, respectively).

FATA completed one year without any polio case on July 27th, 2017. Last polio case in FATA was reported on July 27th, 2016.  So far in 2017 not a single case is reported from FATA whereas last year (2016) only two polio cases were reported from FATA.

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