BAJAUR AGENCY - The local health department has postponed its scheduled 12-day campaign to vaccinate over 250,000 children against measles and nine other deadly diseases in Bajaur tribal region starting from May 26. Sources said that the local health department made the decision after receiving directives from the Directorate Health Services, Fata on Saturday.
They said that the local health department was very disappointed by the decision as they finalised all its arrangements for the massive campaign against the measles and nine other deadly diseases in the agency. "The officials of Directorate Health Services Fata did not mention any reasons in its notification but they directed the local health department to postpone the vaccination campaign till next order," they added.
Agency Coordinator National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Healthcare Dr Ikramulah Safiwhen when contacted confirmed the decision about postponement of the campaign. Taking to The Nation, he said the Directorate of Health Services Fata ordered the local health department through official notification to postpone the campaign till next order.
He said the local health department had finalised all arrangements for the first ever massive drive to vaccinate over 250,000 children against measles and nine other deadly disease across the agency.