Two more polio cases detected in KP, Fata
[Dawn] The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
government devised a new strategy to focus on 'cluster of refusals' as two more 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...
cases were detected in the province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Sunday.
Mohammad Asad, 48-month-old son of Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Mohallah Sultankhel in Thor Dand union council of district Karak was tested positive for polio. Likewise, Nisa Bibi, 18-month-old daughter of Siraj Khan, a resident of Mulyano Koroona in tehsil Loe Mamond of Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
also got poliomyelitis, according to National Institute of Health Islamabad.
To cope with the refusal cases, the government decided to reach to the people, who collectively refused administering of anti-polio drops to their children, officials said.
They said that only 0.4 per cent refusals out of the five million target children was not a problem but the health department was faced with 'cluster of refusals' owing to which several families in different union councils refused vaccination of children on regular basis.
The officials said that in the past government focused on addressing individual refusal cases. They said that government was also planning to effectively vaccinate 48 per cent of the malnourished children, who didn't respond to immunisation, in the province.
"If children with low immunity get vaccination during diarrhoea or dysentery, it remains ineffective," they said. The areas where drinking water was not clean also posed threats to effective immunisation, they added.
The officials said that union council committees, which worked under direct supervision of the district coordination officer, would be tasked to talk to the families, who were opposing vaccination.
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