Police Officer Killed While Protecting Anti-Polio Team In Pakistan

Police Officer Killed While Protecting Anti-Polio Team In Pakistan

Polio eradication teams were attacked in Sindh and Balochistan on Thursday while a female polio worker was shot and killed in Chaman. She was shifted to a hospital in Quetta for treatment.

Razzaq confirmed authorities have temporarily suspended the vaccination campaign in Chaman.

Two police officers guarding polio teams were killed in separate incidents in the northwest this week, while another polio worker was stabbed to death in the eastern city of Lahore.

The ongoing phase of anti-polio campaign went troublesome in some sensitive parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab as earlier a vaccination team was attacked in Okara.

According to First Information Report (FIR), the attackers from the village had refused to get their children administered polio drops. Apart from the 8,829 mobile teams, 951 fixed points and 576 transit points had also been set up all over Balochistan to ensure that all children are administered anti-polio drops. Previous year alone only two cases were reported but we did observe an increase in misinformation stemming not just from clerics but also private practitioners who were hoping to make an extra amount.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident but militants - including the Pakistani Taliban - have attacked polio workers in the past, killing more than 100 people since December 2012.

Following the panic, a police officer deployed at a Bannu basic health unit for the security of immunisation workers during a province-wide drive was gunned down by unknown assailants while on his way to work on April 23.

Muscat: Polio workers in Pakistan are fighting tooth and nail to help the country to become polio-free. The remaining 21 cases were reported from neighbouring Afghanistan.

There is no known cure but the disease can be prevented if children are given multiple treatments with the polio vaccine, the World Health Organization says. The suspicions and attacks have hampered Islamabad's efforts to eradicate the crippling polio disease from the country, officials admit.

In this regard, Pak Fights Polio, the official Twitter account of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative, has recently shared some of the pictures of their heroes who are willing to travel the length and breadth of the country showing their dedication towards the cause.

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