PESHAWAR - Three and four-day anti-polio drive will start separately in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA respectively today (Monday) amid tight security arrangements.

In KP, the polio immunization campaign will be carried out in 24 districts, in which, more than 5500000 children below the age of five years would be administered anti-polio drops.

The provincial health department has constituted 15398 mobile, fixed and transit teams for this purpose. Officials said that in KP only two polio cases have so far been reported one in Peshawar and another in district Hangu.

Similarly, in FATA, four days drive would be carried out under the aegis of FATA Secretariat with the support of UNICEF, WHO and BMGF.

The campaign will be run in all tribal agencies and frontier regions as well, under the supervision and security provided by political agents, para-military and military forces.

A total of 3698 teams consisting of 3333 mobile teams, 276 fixed teams, and 89 transit teams will administer vaccinate to some 980353 children under the age of five years.

In FATA, tehsil Bara and Jamrud are highly polio risk areas of Khyber Agency, South Waziristan, North Waziristan Agency and FR Bannu (Baka Khail, Jani Khail, Hindi Khail and Sintanga) will be reached out for vaccination for seven days. 

Officials at FATA secretariat said that percentage of target children vaccinated in the first two months of 2016 was above 97 per cent, whereas the rate of refusals remained below 1 per cent.

The percentage of children not available at homes was higher than that of refusals. 

In 2016, no polio case surfaced in FATA and FRs so far. Last year 16 polio cases had surfaced in FATA and FRs: one polio case in North Waziristan, two in South Waziristan, two in FR Peshawar and 11 in Khyber Agency, they concluded.