One drop at a time: Fatwa issued in favour of polio vaccination campaign

Published: December 10, 2013

Fatwa issued in favour of polio vaccination campaign. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS, APP AND INP

PESHAWAR: 

A fatwa (decree) in favour of polio, measles, hepatitis, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis and meningitis vaccinations was issued by Maulana Samiul Haq of Jamia Darul Uloom Haqqania Akora Khattak on Monday.

The fatwa says vaccination against these deadly diseases is helpful in their prevention according to research conducted by renowned medical specialists. It adds that the vaccines used against these diseases are in no way harmful.

Samiul Haq emphasised in his fatwa that doubts raised about vaccination are false and ill-founded. He urged parents to vaccinate their children against polio and other deadly diseases.

Mujeebullah Khan, an officer in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell Communication and Reporting, said he was optimistic about the effects of the fatwa. He claimed in the month of September, a total of 35,521 refusal cases were reported in all the districts of the province. The officer added that 23% of refusals in Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat and Bannu were reported by religious clerics.

He believes people of the province from different schools of thought support vaccination against the crippling disease.

According to Mujeeb, religious clerics from mosques and leaders of religious political parties can play a critical role in highlighting the importance of the vaccination programme. He added a number of leaders and clerics had already issued fatwas which are very helpful for the entire campaign.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2013.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Dec 10, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Finally some sanity prevailing….. Good news indeed

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  • Chand
    Dec 10, 2013 - 4:02PM

    where is the copy of Fatwa issued ????.Pl put him on dsiply in your newspaper.Recommend

  • genesis
    Dec 10, 2013 - 5:23PM

    It is ridiculous that in this age of science and logic fatwas have to be issued to use vaccinations.Vaccinations have prevented million of children dying from the ancient scourges of small pox,TB and other diseases.Why is religion involved in these rational choices?

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  • YUE
    Dec 10, 2013 - 5:52PM

    Finally, it was time for the government to do something about it. Now what is needed is that the fatwa is respected and the rebels stop nagging.

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  • Dec 11, 2013 - 12:03AM

    Nobody is feeling the irony that a Fatwa is required to convince the society to accept the vaccination.. This speaks the role and influence of the Mullahs. ignorance thy name is ………….

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  • Mujeeb
    Jan 21, 2014 - 7:16PM

    The Fatwa has published in the national press and can also be obtained from
    http://www.facebook.com/poliomonitoringcell

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