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Govt Convinces Locals Of Bajaur, Lakki Marwat To End Boycott Of Anti-Polio Drive

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The government officials on Wednesday successfully convinced the locals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s districts Bajaur and Lakki Marwat to end their boycott of the anti-polio campaigns.

DAWN reported that a statement issued by Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud, said the people of Asil Targaoo – a remote area in Barang tehsil, agreed to allow vaccination of their children after successful talks between the local elders and a team of officials.

It was noted that after the announcement of officials, 50 children were administered anti-polio drops.

The newspaper quoted the officials as saying that the elders of the local area were convinced that anti-polio drive was a national cause and it was only meant to keep children safe from the crippling disease. “The district administration is determined to rid the tribal district of poliovirus by vaccinating all the targeted children,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Lakki administration officials convinced the residents of Nali Chak and Shakh Quli Khan localities to end boycott of the vaccination drive. They had boycotted the anti-polio campaign, arguing that their areas were hit hard by excessive power outages and the authorities concerned were not resolving the problem.

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