Improved security has allowed health teams to administer vaccines and work towards stamping out the virus throughout Pakistan.

Doctors began providing free treatment in January to combat the spread of the deadly disease.

More children now than 2 decades ago are suffering from various mental disorders as a result of terrorism and militancy, according to medics.

The initiative is aimed at bringing medical specialists to hospitals in the region, many of which militants previously targeted.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital staff, who are already well versed in treating the victims of terrorist attacks, have updated their knowledge of life-saving emergency techniques.

The provincial government has started vaccinating infants at birth, knocking down infection rates.

The nationwide campaign, supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, will run until the end of the year.

Residents of rural areas can now be connected with specialist doctors in urban hospitals via the internet.

The unit is the first of its kind in the province and is run by Rescue 1122, officials told Pakistan Forward.

The government refused to renew a No Objection Certificate (NOC) required for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to continue working in the tribal areas.