Unavailability of security cover forces polio drive in Quetta to be postponed

Govt says security is focused on the independence day celebrations, can't spare forces for polio drive.

Shehzad Baloch August 09, 2014

QUETTA: Despite the first reported case of polio in over a year in Balochistan surfacing last month, the government has been forced to postpone its immunisation drive in parts of the crisis hit province since it cannot provide security.

A three day anti-polio drive scheduled for Quetta and Pishin from August 11 to August 13 has been postponed.

With the security focus on Independence’s day celebrations, the government apparently can’t spare enough forces to safely oversee the immunization drive.

“There are no security personnel available for polio teams during the campaign which is why it has been postponed,” a UNICEF official announced.

The immunization drive is now expected to start by August 18,2014.


gary | 9 years ago | Reply

@Blithe: The biggest, the largest, and the strongest in the world. One Pakistani soldier is equal to fifteen Indian soldiers.

gary | 9 years ago | Reply

Imagine a country where people need security to give polio to children. These people live in caves.

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