WANA, November 24: The Pakistan Army has initiated a three-day polio campaign in South Waziristan Agency after a gap of two and a half years.

The Political Agent, Mr Islam Zeb, claimed that 245 mobile teams, eight fixed units and as many transit teams had been formed for eradication of the epidemic. He said the teams would vaccinate more than 76,000 children in the areas of Wana, Barmal, Shagai, Toi Khala, Sarokai and Sara Rogha in South Waziristan.

He added that fixed units had been set up in various small hospitals of the region where parents would bring their children to get them vaccinated. Besides, the transit teams are deployed to administer polio drops to children who pass by in the cars from the checkposts.

As per the peace agreement signed with the government, Ahmedzai tribe shall cooperate with the polio vaccination teams in Wana subdivision.

Previously, militants had banned polio vaccination campaigns in North and South Waziristan agencies after the death of former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the October 2008 raid by US forces in Abbottabad.

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