PESHAWAR - Despite remote-controlled attack on security personnel of polio teams, the provincial health department on Sunday kept on the vaccination of polio drops to more than 600,000 children under the third round of ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ programme in district Peshawar.

The campaign was carried out around 77 Union Councils of Peshawar, for which more than 3,000 teams were constituted. These teams included 1,500 workers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Razakars (volunteers), along with lady health workers, and teachers. Nearly 1,200 health hygiene kits including towels, soap and tools were distributed. A special free-medical camp will be established today (Monday).

Around 4,777 police personnel were deployed for protection of polio teams, while the district administration completely banned riding of motorcycle from 8:00am till 5:00pm.  Personnel of police and law enforcement agencies also carried out joint patrolling in outskirts of Peshawar, including Badabher, Mattani, Daudzai, and Sarband, while heavy contingent of Frontier Corps were deployed alongside the border region to monitor the security situation.

The Sehat Ka Insaf (justice for health) was launched by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and health department to carryout vaccination against nine childhood diseases including polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis B, meningitis, pneumonia, measles, and tuberculosis, which will be continued till April 21 in district Peshawar.

For this campaign, a sum of Rs 20 billion has so far allocated, a complete package under which more than 12,500 free kits would be distributed among 350,000 families that would protect them from nine diseases. More than 754,000 people would be targeted to create awareness among them about nine childhood diseases.

Talking to media persons, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai said that despite the occurrence of attack on police, the campaign would be continued and be completed till 21 April. He claimed that Peshawar will be purged off from polio during the drive.

To a question about the PPHI, he replied that the provincial government is not supporting anyone, adding that those people, who want to work there, will be warmly welcomed. He said the government was ready to provide funds to police, according to their requirements.  

Earlier, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health, Shaukat Yousafzai launched the third round of Sehat Ka Insaf Programme,’ by administrating polio drops to children in Aladad Park Akhoonabad, Peshawar on Sunday. Accompanied by Fazle Elahi Khan Minister for Forest & Environment and Younas Zaheer Focal Person Sehat Ka Insaf, the Minister highlighted the significance of the special health drive ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’, to eliminate nine childhood diseases in across the province.

The minister on this occasion administered anti diseases drops to the children and distributed “Insaf Sehat kits” and pamphlets to create awareness amongst the public against dengue. He also announced Dispensary for the union council-26 and said that all the union councils would be facilitated with basic health units as it is the right of their poor people.

He assured that despite of untoward situation of law and order and other challenges, the campaign would be continued successfully and they will leave no stone unturned in this regard.

The minister said the KP government wanted to end polio because it was preventable through vaccination. The children would be administered vaccines for all diseases on Sundays only and the teams would get full security, he said He observed the child and mother morality ratio is very high in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which will be covered up by launching such initiatives in the future as well.