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Wazīrābād : Pakistan | Jan 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM PST
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Polio Eradication in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

Year 2011 the most hazardous for Pakistan in the field of polio control program. The overall situation regarding polio cases traced & then registered throughout Pakistan is alarming. The data collected by fata secretariat and other means & channels a huge increase in polio cases is seen in Pakistan especially in federally administered tribal area. According to the available data collected by different sectors & reliable sources shows that as much as 181 registered cases traced in Pakistan and fata. Most of the cases registered in federally administered tribal area, which are 55 in the last year aging 2 years at least.. Out of which 21 in Khyber agency which are 6 in milward, 2 in fort slop, 2 in mastak, one each in sultankhel, shekhmalkhel, perokhel mirzakhel, akakhelmara, qamberkhel, yousaftalab and tera bazaar respectively and 14 cases registered in North Waziristan agency which is the most jeopardizing and challenging situation for the locals as well as for international community. There are more reasons for the prevailing situation in this far plunge area of Pakistan the most common among which is militancy responsible for the said lethal situation is a big threat for such human activities not only in a sense that the militants who have controlled over majority of this area created barears in the service delivery of the polio vaccination but also the challenging situation to the lives of the people. Due to which there was no polio campaign seen in this area for the last 3 years. Many more reasons involved which resulted more polio cases registered in this area including low quality of available vaccine, lack of responsibility, lack of proper mobilization, untrained staff. It is also claimed that most of the remote areas which were not accessible not only for the polio staff, donor agencies as well as for the administrative staff too .therefore these areas have been ignored Ayaz wazir, a former ambassador to Afghanistan have claimed that it has seen in the area most of the time polio vaccine sold by the political administration and adding that the administration had create an atmosphere due to which the tribal people resist and were not ready for it .agency surgeon of Khyber agency Dr.azam wazir told in response to a quarry that despite of public demand , there was no work done in the area for polio since September 2009, due to militancy but when the situation is in control now we have started activities in the area & recently more than ten thousand children were given polio vaccine in landikotal.he added that we are planning for the worst situation of polio in Khyber agency to over come the situation ant control the rise in polio cases in the area. For this,he added that we would involve most of the government servants rather than volunteers which will be answerable to us. We will focus on social mobilization and public awareness through religious leaders, maliks and other stakeholders. We are arranging events of different games in the area and mushairas. We also planning to us some medium for our polio programme like Radio to give message to the people of this area.BY ZAHIR YOUSAFZAI PESHAWAR

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mohammadzahiryousafzai is based in Peshawar, North West Frontier, Pakistan, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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