Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health programme a success — Central Asia Online com

The province’s health campaign has led to record number of vaccinations.

Pakistani volunteers distribute hygiene kits in Shaheen Muslim Town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as part of the Sehat Ka Insaf (health for all) programme March 15. The programme focuses on polio eradication. [Ashfaq Yusufzai]


Security has impeded efforts in the past, as Taliban militants have killed 42 polio workers across Pakistan since December 2012.

Previously, health workers carried out immunisation efforts five days a week, but security was inadequate, Peshawar Superintendent of Police Najibullah Central Asia Online.

SKI reformed that practise, limiting vaccine efforts to Sundays, providing 12,000 health workers with protection from 6,000 police officers, and administering the vaccinations in residents’ homes.

Full vaccination requires 12 rounds of oral drops. Health workers have administered 10 rounds to more than 500,000 children.

“Since the launch of Global Polio Eradication in 1994, the government with the assistance of UN agencies has not been able to reach all children of age because of the militancy,” Afridi said.



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