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Secretary Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr Abid Majeed has appreciated the efforts put in by the district and provincial teams

Secretary Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr Abid Majeed has appreciated the efforts put in by the district and provincial teams to reach every child saying that the Lakki Marwat polio victim has survived the attack because of good vaccination status that resulted in strong immune system. He said this while chairing a high level meeting held here Thursday at Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to review the status of polio vaccination and other routine immunization antigens in district Lakki Marwat following the report of a Wild Polio Virus (WPV) case in the district. Also present on the occasion were Director EPI Dr Akram Shah, the newly posted Coordinator EOC KP Mr Atif Rehman, out-going Coordinator EOC Muhammad Akbar Khan, Technical Focal Person BMGF Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah, Polio Team leader Dr Johar, WHO Team Leader Dr Abdi Nasir, District Health Officer Lakki Dr Tawas and communication experts from UNICEF. Speaking on the occasion, Abid Majeed said that the genetic sequencing and history of virus transmission in the province shows that the virus has been imported from other parts of the country or from the neighbouring country of Afghanistan which makes it more important to immunize every child in every campaign with specific focus on vaccination of High Risk Mobile Population He emphasised on the need for mapping, tracking and coverage of high risk mobile population besides improving the status of routine immunization in the province. The newly posted Coordinator EOC Mr Atif Rehman pledged to continue the hard work for polio eradication with the guidance and support of provincial health department. Earlier, Director EPI Dr Akram Shah briefed the secretary in detail about the recent polio case in Lakki Marwat, its’ genetic history and routine immunization status in the district. The history of Lakki Polio Case has been traced to Multan Virus. It is pertinent to mention here that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has remained polio free for more than a year before the recent polio case was notified on September 21, 2017. The country as a whole has now 5 polio cases one each in Punjab, Gilgit, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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