KP govt taking concrete measures to eradicate polio: CM Mahmood
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Monday said that his government was taking concrete steps to eradicate polio across the province.
Chairing a high-level meeting in Peshawar today, CM Mahmood said that strict action would be taken against those officers of health department who showed poor performance during anti-polio campaign.
The chief minister directed the concerned authorities to convince the parents to administer polio vaccine to their children.
On the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on polio Babar Bin Atta apprised the meeting the government had planned to start special social media campaign to create awareness among the general public about polio.
It was decided in the meeting that no FIR will be registered against those parents who refuse to administer anti-polio vaccine to their children.
Earlier on June 13, another polio case had surfaced in Shangla, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Sources in Health Ministry had said that polio virus had been confirmed in a 2-year-old boy in Shangla area of KP, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 20 this year.
Sources had further added that samples of the child had been sent for tests on May 30. With another polio case, the total number for the current year cases had jumped to 23 in Pakistan, out of which, 10 cases were reported in KP, seven in tribal districts and three each in Sindh and Punjab provinces.