Crippling disease : Fresh polio case detected in Balochistan

parents had refused immunisation against the crippling disease citing religious reasons

Muhammad Zafar July 03, 2015
parents had refused immunisation against the crippling disease citing religious reasons. PHOTO: AFP


Health officials on Thursday confirmed that a four-year-old boy tested positive for polio virus in Pashtunabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, raising the total number of cases in the country to 26 this year.

Officials at the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) said that poliovirus was reported in samples obtained from 57-month-old Sharifullah.  They revealed that the boy’s parents had refused immunisation against the crippling disease citing religious reasons.

They added that Sharif Ullah’s father, Abdul Khaliq believed that polio drops cause impotency.

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Commenting on the situation, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman, who heads the centre for polio eradication in the province, said that “Parents are responsible for destroying the lives of their children.” “They are putting the country at stake when they refuse to administer anti-polio drops,” he added.

Most polio cases in the country are primarily the result of non-administration of the vaccine either due to the family’s refusal or because polio volunteers are not able to reach families due to security impediments.

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Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is still endemic. Efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease have been hampered by opposition from militant groups, who see vaccination campaigns as a cover for espionage, as well as long-running rumours about the drops causing infertility.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015. 


Hari Om | 6 years ago | Reply The principal factor contributing to the prevalence of Polio in Pakistan remains Pakistan’s obsession for boxing way above her weight class and nurturing an outsize military in order to seek parity with India leaving limited resources for carrying out Polio vaccination which is near 100% effective in immunising against the Polio virus. Seeking parity with India by gorging on shiny new eye candy weapon systems, maintaining the Generals, Marshalls and Admirals of the Military in the princely Mughal style they are used to and strutting the world stage as the “Sole Islamic Nuclear Power”, “Citadel of Islam” etc. will as former Prime Minister Z.A. Bhutto put it require Pakistan “Eating Grass”. The solution is thus rather straight forward. Pakistan needs to accept that she is India’s inferior. The big question that then remains is will Pakistan make the rational choice and junk the braggadocio of attempting to seek equality with India? Or will it accept the inevitable consequence of stunted development entailing Pakistan’s civilians figuratively “Eating Grass” and wallowing in disease that can be eradicated with a simple vaccine?
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