PESHAWAR: Turning challenge into an opportunity Health Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has managed to vaccinate 469,110 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) against polio at different permanent transit points set up in FR Bannu, Bannu, Hangu and Kurram agency.
Talking to APP here on Tuesday, an official of heath department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that around 0.1 million people were displaced from North Waziristan agency due to military operation Zerb-e-Azab out of which more than 450000 individuals were vaccinated against polio so far.
He said that it was a big opportunity for the health department KP to reach out to the IDPs from the North Waziristan agency where polio vaccination was banned since June 2012.
Giving breakup details of the vaccinated people, he said that out of 469,110 individuals 255,159 were below the age of five while the rest were above 5 and 10 years of age.
It is noteworthy that the age limit for vaccination was raised from 5 to 10 years and above due to special conditions prevailing in the North Waziristan agency where children were not vaccinated for the last two years.
Apart from vaccination at permanent transit points four rounds of house to house Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) have been completed in five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Bannu, Tank. D.I. Khan, Lakki Marwat and Karak where the IDPs were settled either with the host communities, schools or in rented houses.
Similarly, two special polio campaigns were conducted in FR Bannu, where
Bakakhel camp was set up for the NWA IDPs, and in Kurram agency in FATA.
The country has recorded 104 polio cases so far in 2014 out of which 76 were recorded from FATA, 9 from Sindh, one from Balochistan and 18 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.