WHO halts polio camgaign as two killed in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) directed its field staff to stop their work in Pakistan after two people were killed and two others were injured when three teams involved in the nationwide polio vaccination drive were attacked in Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday.
A woman from a polio vaccination team and a driver associated with the program were killed during the attack on the team in Charsadda.
Moreover, one volunteer was injured during the attack on a polio team in Peshawar. The injured worker was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.
The attack took place in Peshawar’s Khazana area when unknown assailants fired at the team.
Separately, gunmen attacked a polio team working in Nowshera. However, no casualties were reported from that attack.
In the wake of the latest attacks on anti-polio workers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) directed its field staff to halt work in Pakistan.
The field staff should stop its work until further instructions, the WHO said.
Earlier on Tuesday, five health workers involved in the vaccination drive were killed in the cities of Karachi and Peshawar.
Four women were killed in less than an hour in seemingly coordinated attacks in Karachi.
A fifth worker, also a woman, was killed in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The five workers were killed a day after a man working on a local government-World Health Organisation (WHO) project was shot dead in Karachi.
Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, but efforts to tackle the highly infectious crippling disease have been hampered over the years by local suspicion.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Just when I think the Taliban cannot sink any lower….they get even worse….the number one enemy of Pakistan is the Taliban…and there is not any good Taliban and bad Taliban…they are all bad and they are all local people…stop blaming the west for your problems…

  2. Polio campaign must go on. We can not succumb to the oressure of any gun trotting sick minded individual. The good work should pr as usual. We mst carry on the message and show the willl to stand by our kids to eradicate polio di ease.from our country. No one can stop us by terroriist attack,. We must lot spare any individu
    No scum of the earth can create panic in our ranks. We must keep on the good work.
    Sincerely
    JAVAID BASHIR………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  3. .
    Where is the outrage?
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    We have to sit back and watch Pakistan destroyed by Pakistanis?
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    These Talibans are Pakistanis organized by Pakistanis — admit it. If anyone is saying anything else, they are into very bad politics …
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