Anti-polio drive postponed in tribal areas till May 5

Three-day drive postponed due to incomplete arrangements

BAJAUR – The Health Department has postponed the scheduled three-day anti polio campaign in all tribal agencies due to incomplete arrangements and unavailability of vaccines, according to sources on Tuesday.

Dr Zakir Hussain, a surgeon in Bajaur, confirmed the postponement of polio drive in the agency, and said that the polio campaign was not only postponed in Bajaur but also in the entire tribal areas. However, the drive in Bajaur and all over the tribal areas would be launched on May 5, he added.

The department with special instructions of Directorate of Health Services of FATA has postponed its three-day anti polio drive starting from April 28 Monday. Incomplete security arrangements, unavailability of vaccines, shortage of necessary equipments and volunteers could be the reasons for the postponement of the campaign.

“The health officials had asked us to postpone the anti polio drive until a later date. I don’t know causes behind the postponement of campaign but we have been instructed by senior officials to not launch the drive,” an official said.

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