Pakistan Suspends Its Nationwide Anti-Polio Campaign Following Attacks Against Vaccination Teams

Relatives sit beside the body of a female polio vaccinator who was killed by unidentified gunman in Chaman on April 25.

RFE: Pakistan Suspends Anti-Polio Drive After Deadly Attacks On Vaccination Teams

Pakistani health officials have suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign following the killings in less than a week of a health worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams.

Health officials on April 27 confirmed to RFE/RL that the campaign to eradicate the crippling disease has been suspended, despite the recent reporting of two new polio cases in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic.

But militant threats, deep-rooted superstition, and opposition to vaccination by some local clerics have prompted many parents to refuse to have their children vaccinated there.

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WNU Editor: This is how Pakistan's anti-polio drive came to a stop .... Mass Panic, Propaganda, And Mobs: How An Anti-Polio Drive Came To A Screeching Halt In Pakistan(Frud Bezhan and Monawar Shah, RFE).

More News On Pakistan Suspending Its Nationwide Anti-Polio Campaign

Pakistan suspends polio vaccine drive after health worker attacks -- DW
Multiple Attacks On Vaccination Teams Leaves Pakistan Workers On Edge -- NDTV/AFP
Pakistan's vaccination campaign suspended after worker killed -- UPI

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