Banned outfit helps in vaccinating Tirah children
[Dawn] The government vaccinated children in inaccessible areas of Tirah for the first time during the last four years with the help of Ansarul Islam, a banned outfit in Khyber Agency, officials said.
They said that cooperation by Ansarul Islam led to vaccination of children in 95 per cent area of Tirah. "It is a major breakthrough as many efforts to vaccinate children in the Taliban-controlled areas had failed," officials told Dawn, crediting the vaccinators and Ansarul Islam for protecting 32,641 children against polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
They said that 11,626 children also got vaccine against measles while another 3,889 newborns and below the age of one month were vaccinated to safeguard them from five ailments. The vaccinators covered those children on Monday and Tuesday, they said.
"Ansarul Islam and religious leaders attached to the group understand that the poliovirus can cause life long disability so they are ready to support the initiative," said officials. Only four families refused to vaccinate their children, however, efforts were afoot to convince them, they said.
The officials said that they covered 95 per cent children in Tirah valley of Bara tehsil. "Ansarul Islam played a vital role in countering community refusals," they added.
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