Anti-polio drive vitae despite security concerns
PESHAWAR: A three-day anti-polio drive kicked off on Monday in Swabi, restarting the area ‘s anti-polio effort that was canceled because of security issues last week.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Health Department said 260,000 kids will be vaccinated during the effort.
As stated by the Swabi authorities, tight security measures are taken in the district: 629 cellular telephones are deployed for the anti-polio campaign, that’ll be run by 25 passage teams 59 fixed teams and four teams that were roaming.
On Nov 30, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) District Coordinator Dr. Yaqoob was shot dead, and his motorist injured when unknown assailants opened fired on his car in Swabi, reported NEWS previously. A cop was gunned down in another assault on the exact same day.
The following morning, residents of Dodhar hamlet and hospital staff protested against the killing of Dr Yaqoob, obstructing the road for a number of hours and demanding arrests of the killers.
The three-day anti-polio campaign was scheduled to begin on Nov 30, but the health workers refused to run it in the demonstration against the government’s failure to detain the killers of Dr Yaqoob. After the killing of Yaqoob, the EPI and well-being staff had refused to run door to door effort over security anxieties, concurring just to vaccinate kids inside health centers.
Polio workers have for ages been targeted due to rumors the polio immunization drive is a conspiracy to sterilize Muslims or a front for espionage. The gossips have made inhabitants of lesser-developed areas of the state more cautious of permitting immunization.
Pakistan remains one of just two nations on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of polio-endemic countries.
Even though the variety of polio cases in Pakistan during 2015 is reported to be 49? down from 224 during the preceding year in line with the polio command cell? The nation has been fighting to fight what is apparently the decreasing quality of the immunization effort in addition to the amount of refusals it receives, the spread of polio via air and land routes.