Attacks on Polio teams are continued in Sindh and Balochistan as in the wake of the latest attack a female polio worker on Thursday (April 25) was shot dead in Chaman. As per details the 35-year-old polio worker, Nasreen lost her life when men on a motorcycle attacked a polio team in Chaman’s Sultanzai area.
The latest attack comes days after anti-polio panic spread across Peshawar and other parts of K-P following reports that dozens of students at a school in Peshawar’s had been admitted to a hospital after being vaccinated. In Nowshera, a man refused the drops for his children and threw the polio eradication team out of the house.
Several polio workers in the province and other parts of the country, particularly Khyber-Paktunkhwa (K-P) have been targeted and killed by militants. After the attacks Polio workers were instructed to remain vigilant.
Polio (Poliomyelitis) in Pakistan is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The polio virus is transmitted by person-to-person and is spread mainly through the faecal-oral route, or, less frequently, by a common vehicle, such as contaminated water or food. Thereafter, the virus multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.
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17 November, 2019