There is a rise in parents in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that are refusing to give polio drops to their children. 13,000 such cases were reported in the province this year. Throughout the province, the highest number of these incidences were in Peshawar.
Expanded Program on Immunisation (EPI) is an ongoing drive against this disease. However, 13,743 parents from 17 districts have refused vaccination for their children.
10,319 parents in Peshawar have turned down the polio teams as per the EPI. In Charsadda, 971 parents refused their children to administer the polio vaccine. Similarly, 797 parents refused the polio vaccine in Laki Marwat and 564 parents refused it in Bannu.
Shaheen Muslim town in Peshawar witnessed more than 1,400 children not being vaccinated. In Batgram, Bonir, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Kohistan, Malakand, Shangla and Torghar not a single parent refused the polio vaccination for their children. This is also quite strange that the vaccination was denied in cities like Peshawar, Charsadda, Bannu and Laki Marwat while in other KP cities parents willingly opted for polio vaccination for their children.
The answer to this question was given by Director EPI program Dr. Akram Shah who said that relatively big cities had a higher number of refusing parents in comparison to smaller cities.
He hopes that the number of declining parents issue will be soon controlled as the EPI program will give special attention to these parents.
In an earlier article, we informed our readers that the authorities have launched a three-day anti-polio campaign in the several districts of Punjab and Balochistan. According to the details, the children, under the age of five, living in Punjab’s districts including, Lahore, Multan, Sargodha, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, and Chakwal are being administrated the anti-polio drops.