Sindh registered two new cases of polio on Thursday, when three-year-old Sadaf and four-year-old Bilal, children of Nadir Ali Basti, were diagnosed with the virus at Guddu town on Thursday. Basti alleged that his children caught the disease as a reaction to the polio vaccine administered to them and demanded the government probe the matter and take action against the culprits.
The diagnosis for the Kashmore children comes barely a day after the Pakistan Pediatric Association held a press conference to clarify allegations made against polio vaccines.
Almost a week back, Dunya TV anchor Mubashir Lucman conducted a series of programmes on ‘polio’, in which it was alleged that the vaccine being administered in the country was expired or that heat was affecting the drops.
Guests on the show went on to suggest that such allegedly faulty drops could potentially cause polio itself, or even death.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2012.