‘Propaganda against polio drops to be treated as terrorism, Suspects will be charged as terrorists’

The minister said that the reason behind more cases from Bannu and Peshawar are the influx of Afghan refugees in both districts as the laboratory tests have linked most of the recent cases to Afghanistan

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‘Propaganda against polio drops to be treated as terrorism, Suspects will be charged as terrorists’

PESHAWAR: Shaukat Yousafzai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Information has said that Propaganda against polio drops to be treated as terrorism and anyone found involved in such practices will be charged as terrorists.

Yousafzai added that the KP government observing the whole situation very seriously all those who create fear and spread negative propaganda against polio drives would be treated under the Anti-terrorism laws of the country.

While talking to a private Tv channel, the minister said that the reason behind more cases from Bannu and Peshawar is the influx of Afghan refugees in both districts as the laboratory tests have linked most of the recent cases to Afghanistan. He maintained that the polio is a crippling disease and a strict action against those who create hurdle in the way of the polio eradication program.

In April 2019, biggest ever propaganda was created against polio drops in Peshawar, during a polio campaign, after which thousands of children were rushed to hospitals in the province.

The minister claimed that up next if any such hurdle was created against under ATC laws will be taken. The minister maintained KP government is making all efforts and have kept a strong eye on those who are spreading negative propaganda against the polio drops.

Chief Secretary KP vows to stamp out polio from province

PESHAWAR: Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Saleem Khan has said that polio eradication was the top priority of the government and vowed to stamp out the crippling diseases from the region with concerted efforts at all levels.

He said this during his visit to the Provincial Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) here on Tuesday. Chief Secretary underscored the need for a comprehensive strategy to address field challenges and motivate workers to achieve the goal of the polio-free region.

Saleem Khan also paid rich tributes to polio workers saying that nation will not forget the invaluable sacrifices of the polio workers and security personnel who embraced martyrdom in the line of their duty Earlier, the top provincial bureaucrat was briefed by Coordinator EOC in detail about the role of provincial EOC for being the apex oversight, management, coordination and implementation body at the provincial level.

He said that polio eradication had dedicated structures at all levels including District Polio Control Rooms at district while Union Council Polio Eradication Committees at UC levels under the umbrella of PEOC and National EOC. On the preparations of the upcoming campaigns, challenges and strategies for the low transmission season, Kamran Afridi said that revamped communications and operational strategy was chalked out to address the current challenges in the field and create community demand for

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