islamabad - On the first day of a three-day nationwide vaccination campaign, anti-polio drive was conducted in 158 districts of the country including Islamabad, while the campaign was postponed in security-compromised areas.

Five districts including Quetta, Swabi, Dir Upper and Lakki Marwat will hold their campaign from December 11 in a staggered manner due to security concerns and other administrative issues.

The campaign will also be held In Khyber Agency (tehsil Bara) after finalisation of security arrangements by the local authorities. In Faisalabad though the anti-polio drive held on Monday, the local administration has extended the campaign to be held on December 9 to 11 if the security situation does not turn violent due to Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf protests. A total of 34 million children will be targeted in the polio campaigns with 99,739 polio teams supervised by 18,604 area in-charges and 6,490 union council medical officers.

In North and South Waziristan also the campaigns were held after given access and clearance of the areas by the army. During the first round of a campaign in November, around 78,000 children had been vaccinated in North and South Waziristan, informed National Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) National Manager Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar.

“The children of the areas missed the drops for over two years due imposed ban by the Taliban but now after military operation house to house campaigns have started there and it’s a positive development that will have impact on the whole programme.

We just need 3 to 4 good quality campaigns across the country to control the virus,” he maintained.    

Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio visited high risk UCs of Lahore including UC 67, 69, and 83, and issued directives to concerned union councils medical officers to efficiently implement the validated micro-plans in high risk UCs and oversee the performance of area in-charges for quality polio campaigns.

Ayesha also administered polio drops to children under 5 in a local hospital of Lahore.