From the Newspaper | Peshawar |
PESHAWAR, Feb 11: With the help of local elders and ulema, the administration started a three-day anti-polio vaccination drive in the Frontier Region of Peshawar on Saturday.
The drive was inaugurated by assistant political agent, FR Peshawar, Naveed Akbar Khan, by administering vaccine to a child at Azam Kili during a gathering. A statement issued here said that despite a semi-tribal area the local people had extended full cooperation and informed the people through loudspeakers in mosques.
The APA informed that during the previous drive the vaccines had been administered to some 1,400 children and that was why no case of polio had been reported from the area so far. The drive will end on Feb 13.
LANDI KOTAL: The Khyber Agency political agent has warned that stern action would be taken against parents who refuse polio vaccination to their children below the age of five.
The warning was given by the Political Agent Mutahir Zeb while inaugurating a three-day anti-polio campaign at Jamrud civil hospital on Saturday.
Mr Zeb said that his administration would not tolerate any laxity in the campaign against polio and warned that refusing parents would be sent to jail.
[Note from SaneVax: Time in jail for those who refuse? What is wrong with this picture? What happened to the parents’ responsibility to keep their children safe from harm? What about the child’s right not to be exposed to the possibility of acquiring vaccine-induced polio, something the World Health Organization documents as occurring? What about the concept of informed consent?]