PESHAWAR: Preparations have been finalised for the polio vaccination campaign which will be held in Khyber tribal district from June 17-23.

A meeting to review preparations for the campaign was held at Khyber House Peshawar on Thursday in which all the issues concerning to the campaign were discussed.

Deputy Commissioner Khyber Mehmood Aslam Wazir was chaired the meeting, while Additional Deputy Commissioner Jamshed Khan, three women assistant commissioners, Assistant Commissioner Bara Kashif Qayyum, AC Landikotal Imran Khan, AC Jamrud Saleem Marwat, District Health Officer Shafiq Afridi, Major Moazzam of Pakistan Army, polio officers, tehsildars, area elders, journalists and other officials attended the meeting.

Deputy Commissioner Mehmood Aslam said the propaganda against the polio vaccination campaign is baseless. He said the conspiracy of a group of people to defame the vaccination campaign has been foiled. He appealed to the political leaders, social activists, Ulema and media in Khyber district to play their role in countering negative propaganda against the vaccination drive.

The meeting at the Khyber House was followed by another meeting headed by the deputy commissioner for civil-military coordination for the upcoming vaccination campaign. Dr Farman briefed the participants about the areas missed during the previous vaccination campaign and strategy for the next campaign. The deputy commissioner formally issued instructions to all the assistant commissioners and vaccination teams for making the polio campaign successful.

It was decided that sessions will be held with all the departments, political organisations, tribal elders and media representatives to make the campaign successful. Strategy was also finalised for administering polio drops to the children of displaced people who have recently returned to Tirah. It was decided that the areas left out during the last vaccination campaign will never be missed this time and all possible measures will be taken to make sure that every child below the age of five years get polio drops.

The meeting was told that 212,476 children will be administered polio drops in Khyber tribal district this year. As many as 902 teams and 76 supervisors will take part in the campaign. Action will also be taken against officials who showed negligence during the vaccination campaign.