BAJAUR: A three- day anti polio drive has launched in Bajaur agency today aimed tight security to ensure protection of vaccinators.
Briefing journalists about the drive here, Agency Surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain said that 225,286 children under five years of age would be administered anti-polio vaccine in the Agency.
About 1,600 health workers including volunteers, officials and supporting staff would take a part in the drive.
Dr Zakir said that administration and security forces made foolproof arrangements for protection of health teams taking part in the drive.
The official said that Levies personnel, officials of Bajaur Scouts and volunteers of village defence committees would accompany every team to thwart any untoward incident.
Zakir said that security situation was favorable for the anti-polio drive and there was no threat to the vaccinators across the agency.
He added that the health department and world health organization are satisfied with the prevailing security situation as well as arrangements made for the safety of health workers and they sure that the drive will be carried out successfully.
Agency surgeon said that there was no-go-area for the vaccinators in the region.
He said that refusal cases against oral polio vaccine had also been reduced across the agency particularly in far-flung areas during the last several campaigns.
To a question, Dr Zakir said that health department in collaboration with World Health Organization had taken extraordinary measures to make the drive a success. Several supervisors and monitors were also appointed for the purpose, he added.
Dr Zakir said that according to a decision made by the local administration, women workers would not take part in the three-day drive because of security reasons.