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Anti-Polio drive: Troops to be deployed on FATA border

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to post troops on the border of tribal areas for effective anti-polio drive, citing sources ARY News reported on Thursday.

According to sources, the government has decided to implement vaccination of the crippling disease of polio effectively with compulsory immunization of the people coming from the lawless tribal areas in Pakistan's north.

The issue of the anti-polio campaign at the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is likely to be discussed in the federal cabinet meeting today.

The polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan is facing vehement opposition in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan from conservative tribesmen and the militant groups impeding the country's fight against the crippling health disorder.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent meeting in Geneva has imposed restrictions over the Pakistani citizens travelling abroad making polio vaccination certificate compulsory for international travel.  

WHO had earlier in a report declared northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar as the world's one of the largest reservoirs of the polio virus.



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