KP govt plans to vaccinate more than 300,000 displaced children

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    KP govt plans to vaccinate more than 300,000 displaced children
    By Zahir Shah Sherazi

    PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Health Department is planning to vaccinate about 660,000 children in seven districts of the province where Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have relocated in the wake of Operation Zarb-i-Azb.

    Almost half of the numbers of youngsters who will be vaccinated are likely to be children displaced from NWA.

    The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) data shows that the total number of IDPs so far registered with the authority is 787,888. Of these, the number of children is around 339,456, according to the FDMA data.

    Talking to Dawn.com, Deputy Director EPI Programme Dr Raheem Khattak said that the NWA children have been at a higher risk as polio vaccination could not be carried out in the areas there since 2012.

    “The moving population, mostly children have low immunity level, has also put the host population at risk. We are hoping to vaccinate some 660,000 host and IDPS children in seven districts of the province,” he said.

    He said that North Waziristan had been a challenge for the authorities. “

    Of the 88 polio cases in 2014, 60 are from the North Waziristan. Now an entire population has migrated and this is a chance to vaccinate them,” he added.

    Five polio cases were recorded from Peshawar, one from Mardan, two are from Bannu and another five from South Waziristan Agency.

    Dr Khattak informed that Bannu is the first point of entry and the IDPs movement and relocation is mostly through this district. “All union councils of Bannu will be covered under the programme which can be termed as ‘Sehat ka Insaaf 2’,” he said while referring health initiative of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in KP.

    He said that selected union councils in Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat, Hangu, Karak, Tank and Kohat would also be covered under the drive.

    To a query about the exact number of children likely to be vaccinated, he said segregating locals and tribal children would be difficult.

    The provincial health department will complete polio vaccination during Ramazan in five phases, Dr Khattak said. He added that two phases have already been completed and the third one will start from July 12.

    He further informed that measles campaigns and vaccinations for other diseases in these cities will also start from August 4, soon after the Eidul Fitr and will cover all the host and guest children.

    As most of the tribal population is on the move, the polio virus is circulating between the Fata and the KP cities bordering the tribal areas.

    Dr Khattak said this is a golden opportunity given the fact that the authorities were facing a hard time in vaccinating children in NWA. Now, the same children who missed out on vaccination will be able to get polio drops, he said.

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    Good move by KP. Aid to IDP camps should be made conditional to vaccination of children.
     
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    Thanks to Muslim berader mulk UAE which is finding medical AID . Hor KP govt ko paise kitho ane ha
     
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    Will there not be more chaos because there is the feeling that it is something sinister?
     
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    It might cause some chaos but then again these people have lost everything, they are living in tents in the middle of no where. Could life be more chaotic when you survive on daily ration fron the govt?
    Another point is that its not the individuals who oppose vaccination, its their tribal lord. But in camos they have no power.

    Imho its a golden opportunity and we should take all our chances to vaccinate the children.
     
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    Over 375,000 IDP children vaccinated
    By Ikram Junaidi


    It had been decided that every child would be administered polio vaccine at the transit points.

    ISLAMABAD: Over 375,000 children displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan have been administered anti-polio vaccine at different transit points.

    About 800,000 people have moved out of North Waziristan and taken shelter in camps set up in Bannu.

    A large number of IDPs are also living with their relatives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.

    Know more: KP govt to vaccinate 6.6m children

    An official at the Prime Minister’s Monitoring and Coordination Cell for Polio said there were nine permanent transit points and IDPs had to pass through these while going to settled areas.

    “Vaccination teams have been deputed at all points and they are administering polio vaccine to every child. Boys and girls of up to 15 years of age are also being administered polio vaccine,” he said.

    Till July 6 as many as 200,000 polio doses were given to children below five years of age, 95,000 doses to children aged between five and 10 years and 81,000 doses to children over 10 years of age.

    The official said that 165,000 children had been administered polio vaccine at the FR Bannu transit point, 62,000 at Hangu, 34,000 at D.I. Khan, 27,000 at Tank, 13,000 at Lakki Marwat, 32,000 at Bannu, 31,000 at Kohat, 12,000 at Kark and 5,000 children at Kurram transit point.

    Dr Altaf Bosan, technical head of the PM’s polio cell, told Dawn that it had been decided that every child would be administered polio vaccine at the transit points.

    “Vaccines are available and we are taking the operation as a blessing because if all children of Waziristan get vaccine, polio will be eliminated from the country,” he said.

    It may be mentioned that the anti-polio campaign could not be launched in the volatile tribal region over the past over two years.

    Published in Dawn, July 11th, 2014

    Over 375,000 IDP children vaccinated - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
     

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