Khyber Agency — Death toll raised to five as three more infant died, allegedly, of polio vaccination here in different areas of tehsil Bara and Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency, effected families told on Tuesday.

The deceased children were identified as 4 years old Zakir s/o Muhammad Usman, resident of Shakas, Kamar Khel, one month old Umar Khethab s/o Abdurrazaq, Baz Gra, Kamar Khel, Bara tehsil while a four month old girl Safoora d/o Muhammad Farooq, Piro Khel tehsil Landi Kotal.

The health officials confirmed it and said that investigative teams had been dispatched to the areas to probe into the matter.

Muhammad Usman, father of an dead child said that last day he asked the visiting mobile team of the anti-polio drive not to vaccinate his son because it had effected him in last campaign. But the workers neglected it and insisted to administer him the drops. The child health deteriorated within a hour soon after it was administered and was immediately rushed to Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar but expired during treatment, he regretted.

The four month old deceased girl, Safoora’s father, Muhammad Farroq said that his daughter was a healthy girl and in last four she had never been taken to doctor for any kind of disease but after vaccinated of anti-polio drops in the polio campaign, following a mouthful vomiting she breathed her last previous day.

He warned that if cause of his daughter death was not sort out, the dwellers of Piro Khel would not risk their children lives by feeding them the polio drops.

Agency surgeon, Dr. Niaz Afridi in his version said that the samples of polio vaccine had been sent to Islamabad for test was certified positive and safe for children use. “Emergency health teams were sent off to the areas for inquiry and soon cause of the death of the infants would be known,” Niaz said.

He further said that on the directions of high ups the polio campaign had been suspended in Khyber since 22 December.


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