Three-Day Polio Vaccination Drive in Pakistan Reaches Over 1 Million
Pakistan's polio vaccination three-day drive ended Wednesday with more than one million children in total receiving anti-polio drops in the capital city of Karak and its surrounding regions, reports The Frontier Post.
Three hundred teams including 256 mobile, 31 fix and 13 transit teams helped to execute the drive in the region, according to Executive District Officer Dr. Haleem Khattak (The Frontier Post, 4/16).
According to Khattak, four hundred cases were parents living in the targeted regions in the district refused to administer the drops to their children. However, Khattak said the ratio of refusals since the last anti-polio drive is down after recent efforts to educate parents about the vaccine. In the future, Khattak said that more efforts to educate parents in the region about vaccines would take place (The Frontier Post).
The Frontier Post writes: Khattak "appealed to the parent[s] that they should try their level best to administered polio drops to their children" and encouraged parents of children who did not receive drops to contact the EDO office so that a team member could administer drops even after the drive (The Frontier Post, 4/16).