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Anti polio drive postponed in tribal areas

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BAJAUR: The health department has postponed the scheduled three-day anti polio campaign in the agency due to incomplete arrangements and unavailability of vaccines, sources of the local health department told.

HunzaNews April 30,2014

Dr Zakir Hussain, Agency surgeon Bajaur, when contacted confirmed the postponement of polio drive in the agency. He said that the polio campaign was not only postponed in Bajaur but also in the entire tribal areas.

However, the drive in Bajaur and all over the tribal areas would be launched on May 5, Dr Zakir added. The department with special instructions of directorate of health services Fata has postponed its three-day anti polio drive starting from April 28 Monday. Incomplete security arrangements, unavailability of vaccines, shortage of necessary equipments and volunteers could be the reasons for postponement of the campaign.

“The officials of directorate of health services Fata have sent a notification to the offices of local health department in which they had asked us to postpone the anti polio drive until a later date. I donot know the causes behind the postponement of campaign but we have been instructed by the senior officials to not launch the drive on Monday,” an official of health department told.

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