La doctora Nima Saeed, representante actual de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en Paquistán, uno de los tres países en los que la enfermedad es aún endémica, ha añadido que “nada se podrá hacer mientras que los talibán levanten la prohibición o permitan la vacunación de los niños en Waziristán Norte”. UCANEWS:
A Taliban ban on a polio vaccination drive is preventing Pakistan from finally eradicating the crippling disease, the country’s World Health Organization (WHO) representative said on Wednesday.
“Nothing can really be done unless the Taliban lifts the ban or allows the vaccination of children in North Waziristan,” Dr
, the acting WHO representative in Pakistan, told ucanews.com.
He was speaking in Islamabad after five new cases of polio were confirmed this week in the country’s restive tribal areas, where the Taliban banned the vaccination drive in June last year, accusing health workers of being spies.
The ban was imposed a year after Dr Shakil Afridi, a physician, conducted a polio vaccine campaign in Abbottabad as a ruse to help pinpoint the location of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The terror chief was later killed in a US military raid in May 2011.
At least 20 immunization workers have been killed by suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan since the imposition of the vaccine ban. Many areas are now considered too dangerous to continue the program.
Pakistan is one of only three countries left in the world where polio is endemic, according to the WHO. In 2011 it had 198 confirmed cases, the highest number of cases in any nation in the world.
- How We Brought Polio Back To Pakistan (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- PAKISTAN – Taliban threats against immunisation raise polio epidemic risks in Pakistan (asianews.it)
- Polio Breaks out Amid Militant Threats in Pakistan (abcnews.go.com)
- WAGES OF ANTI-VACCINE HYSTERIA: Africa and Pakistan Face Polio Outbreaks, in Blow to Global Fight. … (pjmedia.com)
- Pakistan: Five new polio cases reported (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
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- Angels of Karachi: The Pakistani women who risk death every day to vaccinate children against polio (independent.co.uk)