ISLAMABAD: The prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication, Babar bin Atta, has recommended Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan control the vaccination advertisement in Bannu sector to verify the developing polio incidence. The Country Emergency Operation Centre declared in a statement that eight of the year’s 16 nationwide polio cases were recorded in Bannu sectors, such as 5 in Bannu district and 3 in North Waziristan tribal district.
The 1st polio case was found in Bannu section in Oct 2008 leading to an outbreak of the crippling disease in North Waziristan and Bannu places in 2014. “The situation is not just alarming. It will worsen if the urgent corrective calculates are not adopted,” declared Mr. Atta.
He declared technical specialists highly felt that if the circulation of poliovirus was not contained, it would quickly engulf the neighboring branches as well. The main person declared the federal and provincial governments were completely committed to the anti-polio cause. He said the infants suffering from poliovirus could suffer paralysis for life.
“There is no cure for polio. Protection through immunization is the only viable solution,” he declared, adding that multiple vaccinations guaranteed safety from polio. Mr. Atta declared the anti-polio program would release a special polio campaign in Bannu division quickly to meet the standard requirement for the eradication of the virus. “It is high time that we gear up to collectively fight the menace of polio and offer help to our brave frontline workers so that they can reach and vaccinate every single Pakistani baby. “We cannot afford resistance at any stage that will put the fitness of millions of infants in danger,” he said.
Meanwhile, coordinator for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Emergency Operation Centre Kamran Afridi granted guidelines to the management of Bannu district to take necessary measures for the success of the forthcoming polio advertisement. He declared anybody hampering the campaign wouldn’t be spared. “The Bannu district management should make every possible effort to ensure that every kid is vaccinated,” he declared.