Pakistan TehreekeInsaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday said that provincial government, army and the federal government were jointly conducting ‘Sehat ka Ittehad’ program, an extensive health drive aiming to eradicate vaccinepreventable diseases specifically polio from the region launching today, keeping all the political friction aside.
He said that Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mehtab Abbasi has also dedicated his full support to the drive whereas international organizations like United Nations Children s Fund (UNICEF), Bill Gates Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), and UAE government have also contributed their support.
Commending the successful ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ program launched last year, he said the world lauded the project whereas an international film was also made to recognize the effort.
He informed that children residing at the border were not vaccinated and since the province has accommodated 2.2 million temporarily dislocated persons (TDPs), 0.3 million out which were children; majority of the children were not immunized. Hence, the polio virus increased in the province.
He further stated that if the nuisance of polio virus was not curbed in time, now, people and laborers would face difficulty in travelling abroad adding that it was not just to benefit the province but the country on the whole.
‘Sehat ka Ittehad’ will also target people residing in the tribal areas including Khyber Agency and North Waziristan while polio workers, party workers and volunteers were all contributing their efforts, he added.