Bike riding banned as anti-polio drive kicks off in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has imposed a ban on motorcycle riding in the provincial capital as part of security arrangements for the anti-polio drive that started today (Sunday).

The ban has been imposed under section 144 as the provincial capital plans to administer polio vaccine to 700,000 children.

According to the health department, 4000 teams of volunteers have been formed to complete the task of administering the vaccine while policemen have also been deployed for the security of the health workers.

The department said that due to emerging polio cases and people’s refusal to get their children vaccinated, WHO officials were also busy in counseling of the parents to persuade them.