Three more children die of polio vaccination in Khyber Agency

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LANDIKOTAL: Three more minor children were died on Tuesday of allegedly reaction to vaccines during an immunisation campaign in Khyber Agency last week.
According to reports, the children were died in different areas of tehsil Bara and Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency. Two children were died and 11 others were fell unconscious because of reaction to vaccines on December 21 during three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign in the agency.
The deceased children were identified as Zakir s/o Muhammad Usman,4, 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 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.
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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