BAJAUR AGENCY - A three-day anti polio drive has been launched in Bajaur Agency on Monday in which 223,680 children would be vaccinated for polio infection across the region.

In this connection, an inaugural ceremony was held in the Agency headquarters hospital that was chaired by Bajaur Agency Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah and attended by senior officials of the health department, WHO, tribal elders and religious scholars.

Speaking on the occasion, Syed Abdul Jabar Shah said that administration is adopting all possible means to defeat the polio disease in the agency. He called upon the tribal elders and religious scholars to extend their support to administration as joint efforts and team spirit vital for the elimination of the menace. "It is a fact that polio becomes a national issue and the government is struggling to eliminate it but cooperation of the community is very important as we cannot do the task without public support," he added. He requested the tribal elders and Ulema to step up their efforts for creating awareness among the tribesmen about polio vaccination to protect their children from the disease.

The political agent also urged the health department officials to accelerate their efforts for the early eradication of polio disease in the region. He assured the polio teams of providing foolproof security during the campaign and said that all possible measures would be taken for this purpose. On the occasion, the political agent formally inaugurated the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine to a child.

Meanwhile, Agency Surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told reporters that 628 health teams would vaccinate 223,680 children against polio in  the agency.

He said the administration has taken extraordinary security measures for the polio teams and personnel of levies force, FC men and members of peace committee had been deployed to provide protection to polio workers across the agency.

He claimed that the agency would soon be freed of poliovirus as no positive case had been reported in the region for the last two years. "We are hopeful that the agency would be soon declared free of polio as the ratio of vaccination in the region had been remained excellent during the last several campaigns," he added.