Polio injections are administered by the health authorities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), of Pakistan for the first time. The anti-polio drive, which was supposed to be held from January 5 to January 7, has been postponed due to security reasons.
The injectable or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is said to be highly effective in preventing paralytic disease caused by all three types of polio virus and is currently being used by a majority of the polio-free developed and advanced countries.
Meanwhile, officials in the Fata secretariat said that polio injections have been planned for 17,393 children in the frontier region of Bannu district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
As per reports, while the five-day drive is likely to end on Friday, about 5,906 children have been injected with anti polio vaccines till time.
The experts opined that injections would be more effective as compared to polio drops; secondly the polio vaccination had been proved an uphill task due to law and order situation and attacks on the vaccinators besides denial on part of the parents.
However, the inactivated polio virus vaccine is injected into a muscle or under the skin and is usually given by a healthcare professional in a hospital, clinic, or provider’s office.
Pakistan is one of the three polio-endemic countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria) which have been using oral polio vaccine (OPV) since the disease has hit the country.
As per reports from IANS, the total number of polio cases detected in Pakistan has escalated to 297. The country is just three cases away from breaking the record of 1998 in which 300 cases were reported. The year 2014 was the darkest year for the Pakistan polio programme.