FATA given three months to get rid of poliovirus

FATA given three months to get rid of poliovirus

PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra appreciated the tremendous progress of health and political administration of FATA in fight against polio and directed all the Political Agents and Agency Surgeons to ensure polio eradication from the entire region within first three months of 2017.

The Governor said that eradication of polio is government's top most priority and political administration should also ensure that they continue to take every possible initiative to ensure that no child across the region is left unvaccinated in the upcoming campaigns in year 2017.

He said that the last miles are always considered the hardest but without covering them no one can claim victory, therefore, he asked the health officials and political administration to leave no stone unturned and ensure that Polio is once for all defeated across FATA. "FATA is almost polio free and by ensuring high quality campaigns and reaching out to each and every child across the agencies will make eradication a reality, Jhagra said.

The Governor urged international partners to also enhance support in improving routine immunization, as it is vital for achieving and sustaining polio eradication.

He was presiding over a high level meeting of Provincial Task Force for polio eradication FATA at Governor House Peshawar on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the overall polio situation and progress of anti-polio campaign in FATA.

While appreciating support provided by law enforcing agencies in improving access of polio team in FATA, Governor stressed the need to develop strong communication networking and coordination with Afghanistan and KP teams to ensure that deadly virus circulation is eliminated from this region within first three months of 2017.

He directed the political administration of FATA to show ownership of this national cause and fight against polio and provide all out efforts and support to enable the anti-polio teams to vaccinate every child in the tribal region.

He issued the directions at all levels to ensure the security arrangements for the teams and their monitors to eradicate polio as it was the top most priority of the incumbent Government. Governor also appreciated the role of international community and assured his full support to wipe out the crippling disease from the country.

Tangi Dam: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said reservations about the Kurram Tangi Dam would be resolved. He said that that the incumbent Government was taking effective measures to combat the problems of the people of FATA.

He said that the reforms process in FATA would be implemented in accordance with the aspirations of the people of FATA and the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, himself is taking personal interest in this respect.

"Not a single decision will be forced on the people of FATA", said by Governor. Moreover, he added, their suggestions would also be given due importance in all kinds of reformative and developmental works in FATA. He expressed these views while talking to a representative jirga which called on him under the leadership of MNA from North Waziristan Agency Muhammad Nazir Khan here at Governor's House, Peshawar on Tuesday.

The delegation apprised the Governor about some of the problems being faced by the people of respective area. They welcomed the steps being taken by the Government for uplifting the standards of life of people of FATA.

Talking to the delegation, the Governor said that Government was taking effective measures in order to solve the problems of the people of FATA. He said, "Pakistan Army, security forces and tribal people have jointly offered innumerable sacrifices in their struggle to restoring peace in FATA.”