LAKKI MARWAT - There is the dire need to launch concerted efforts to eliminate poliovirus as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is ahead of other provinces and tribal agencies with surfacing of 25 polio confirmed cases this year”, said WHO Polio Eradication Officer Dr Adnan Akbar Khan.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of three-day polio eradication campaign in district secretariat Tajazai on Friday.

DCO Nisar Ahmad attended the ceremony as a chief guest while EDO health Dr Abdul Ghaffar Wazir, DDO Dr Abdul Rehman and Coordinator Expanded Program on Immunisation Dr Hafeezullah were also present on the occasion. Mr Nisar also kicked off the drive by administering several children below the age of five years with oral polio vaccine.

The WHO official said that two confirm cases surfaced in the district this year therefore we should focus on complete elimination of poliovirus circulating in the area. 

EDO health Dr Ghaffar shed light on the preparation for the three-day campaign and said that 421 polio teams would immunize 144,857 kids under the age of five years during door-to-door activity and in health centres and on transit points.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony DCO Nisar said that local administration, heads of line departments and health officials would ensure strict monitoring of polio teams.

He said that chairmen of union council level polio eradication committees had already been directed to engage teachers, patwaris, clerics and other influential to ensure cent percent coverage of refusal cases.

“The eradication of crippling disease is a national cause and government officials and employees will be taken to task if they showed negligence and dereliction in assigned task”, he added.

Meanwhile, the district livestock department held a field day activity in a remote Shagai Walai village on Friday to educate villagers especially cattle keepers about safeguarding of livestock from different diseases.

The activity was arranged on the directives of District Livestock Officer Muhammad Ayyub Khan Wazir. Residents of the village bordering the frontier tribal region participated in the activity and listened to the lectures of livestock experts. The livestock workers also vaccinated animals against diseases and administered them other relevant medicines.

Mobile Veterinary Health Unit in charge Dr Mubarak called upon the cattle keepers to take care of their quadrupeds and protect them from diseases. “The government is paying special heed to livestock sector as it is the main source to meet the needs of meat, milk, diary products and other byproducts”, he maintained.

He said that the villagers should vaccinate their animals against diseases on time and they should approach livestock dispensaries and health units in cases of any outbreak of animals’ disease.

PTI completes nomination process for party polls

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Lakki Marwat chapter, completed the nomination process for intra-party elections, as 294 candidates in 19 union councils out of 33 filed papers with district election committee for different party slots.

DEC member advocate Imranullah Khan said in a statement on Friday that office bearers in 12 union councils were declared successful/elected unopposed after the completion of scrutiny process.

In rest of seven union councils, he said, elections would be held on Dec 18.

He said that copies of code of conduct for intra party elections had been provided to the candidates and they would be disqualified in case they violated the code of conduct.

He added that nomination papers for district slots would be received from desiring aspirants after completion of union council level party elections.