LAKKI MARWAT The district health department has decided to seek help from the ulema for the coverage of polio refusal cases in the district. Though the district has been free from the menace of polio disease so far but the refusal cases are a chronic issue and must be covered at all costs, DCO Muhammad Anwar Khan Mehsud told a meeting held under his chair on Monday. The meeting reviewed arrangements for the forthcoming anti-polio campaign likely to be started from March 15. District officer revenue Zafar Ali Khan, EDO (Health) Dr Muhammad Iqbal, DDO Dr Abdul Rehman, MS DHQ hospital Dr Muhammad Ishaq, WHOs surveillance officer Dr Adnan Akbar Khan, DSO Dr Rafiullah Khan, Dr Illauddin, District Khateeb Maulana Abdul Wahab were among those who attended the meeting. The participants agreed to convene a meeting of clerics and religious scholars before the commencement of upcoming polio eradication campaign for the purpose to convince them on extending their cooperation towards the health departments for immunisation of those kids whose fathers are reluctant to vaccinate them against the crippling disease. The Health department officials told on the occasion that religious factor, misconception about the polio vaccine, superstitions and other reasons were the main causes of refusal cases. During the course of campaign and post campaign catch up activity polio teams use all possible means to ensure vaccination of refusal cases, they maintained. In previous campaigns, they said, the health department also sought help from revenue employees (patwaris), teachers, students, social workers, secretary union councils, and elected representatives of the local bodies to the make the anti polio drives a success and immunize children of reluctant parents. The DCO urged for launching awareness among the people about the hazardous effects of polio disease on childrens health and usefulness of anti-polio vaccine. Each and every officer and official of the line agencies is on the disposal of health department during the three day activity, he maintained, making it clear that slackness an negligence on part of the polio teams and monitoring staff will not be tolerated at all. Gamblers held in Lakki Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a group of gamblers and arrested its three members during a surprise raid in Lakki city. On a tip off a police contingent led by SHO Syed Nawaz Khan raided lover a gambling den near Gambila River and arrested three alleged gamblers who were engaged in playing a bet on cards, an official told. The arrested gamblers were identified as Abdullah Jan, Akbar Ali Khan and Nabiullah Khan, residents of Landa Ahmadkhel village. Police recovered stake money amounting to Rs 1,800 and gamblings instruments from their possession and registered a case against them under relevant section of law in Lakki Marwat police station.