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Jirga organised in Khyber Agency to remove misconceptions about polio vaccination

Jirga organised in Khyber Agency to remove misconceptions about polio vaccination

Tribal elders holding a Jirga in Khyber Agency for removing misconceptions about polio vaccination. - TNN

January 10, 2017

JAMRUD, 10 January: The polio vaccination campaign in Khyber Agency was likely to be affected after death of some children attributed to the use of expired vaccine.

The political administration organised a Jirga to remove misconception of people about polio vaccination in Jamrud on Monday which was attended by the tribal elders, security forces officials and representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Jirga was told that the laboratory tests of the samples obtained from the deceased children have been received which have confirmed that these children did not die because of polio vaccination. The Jirga was told that the children died due to pneumonia and premature births.

The tribal elders assured the administration that they will continue cooperation for making the upcoming polio vaccination campaign on 16 January successful.

The administration has also appointed focal persons in three tehsils of Khyber Agency to maintain contact with the local people for making vaccination drive successful. The focal persons will convey the grievances of people about deficiencies in the healthcare system to the agency surgeon.

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