Islamabad resident refuses polio vaccination for his children

Battling with polio, Pakistan has been for years striving hard to eradicate the crippling disease; however, there still exits a number of people even in the Federal Capital who continue to cast doubts over the quality of polio vaccination.


As today while an anti-polio drive was underway in the Federal Capital, a resident of Shahzad Town area of Islamabad voiced reservations over the anti-polio program and refused vaccination for his children.

Subsequently, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta and the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat got themselves vaccinated polio drops to allay his fears.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) lawmaker in the National Assembly Raja Khurram Nawaz was also present on the occasion.

It is worth noting that along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, Pakistan is the only Country in the World where polio virus still exists.

As per the official figures, so far in 2018, six polio cases have been reported in the Country. Prior to it, 54 polio cases were reported in 2015, 20 in 2016 and eight in 2017.

Polio Cases in PakistanIslamabad resident refuses polio vaccination for his children

The government of Pakistan initiated polio eradication efforts in 1994 and so far over an estimated 875,000 cases of polio related paralysis and death have been prevented in the Country.

Since 2011, the polio eradication is being tackled as a national public health emergency and a yearly National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication (NEAP) is being developed and implemented across Pakistan.

Mati-Ullah is the Online Editor For DND. He is the real man to handle the team around the Country and get news from them and provide to you instantly.

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