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

Published: August 9, 2014
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The drive was supposed to take place in Quetta, Pishin. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The drive was supposed to take place in Quetta, Pishin. PHOTO: EXPRESS

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.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 9, 2014 - 10:48PM

    And how big is the Pak army???

    Isn’t it one of the biggest in the world with a huge core and many paramilitary ?? I don’t but this for a moment !

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  • AJamal
    Aug 10, 2014 - 12:40AM

    Celebrate Independence while the nation is retarded by polio.
    Good governance.

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  • ajeet
    Aug 10, 2014 - 6:50AM

    The entire group is a joke

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  • gary
    Aug 10, 2014 - 9:46PM

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

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  • gary
    Aug 10, 2014 - 9:47PM

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

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