PESHAWAR - Chief of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) and Patron-in-Chief of Madrassa Haqqania Akora Khattak, Maulana Samiul Haq has termed the misconceptions about polio drops as baseless, saying such misconceptions were deliberately created.

He said that Ulema all over the world have carried out various researches into the matter, which show that there is nothing in polio drops, which is injurious to human health.

He, along with Provincial Minister for Health Shahram Tarakai was talking to media persons at Madrassa Haqqania Akora-Khattak on the occasion of the launching a 3-days anti polio drive in the province.

Representatives of WHO and UNICEF were also present on the occasion. He urged upon the parents to get their children immunized against polio, as it was their foremost duty to take the best possible care of the health of their children.

"All segments of the society including the ulema should make sincere and coordinated efforts in eradicating poliovirus from the society," he further stressed.

Speaking on the occasion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shahram Khan said that the provincial government was determined to eradicate poliovirus from the province and with the support and cooperation of Ulema this menace will surely be eradicated by next year.

He termed the eradication of polio as a national duty of all segments of society and urged upon other ulema and opinion leaders to come forward and guide the people in the matter.

He lauded the role of Maulana Samiul Haq in the eradication of poliovirus and hoped that he will play his prominent role in the future as well.

Earlier, Maulana Samiul Haq administered polio drops to his granddaughter and formally launched the campaign.

It merits a mention here that during the three-days campaign more than 5.4 million children across the province will be vaccinated against polio.