Peshawar: Polio vaccination drive suffers after Peshawar incident

PESHAWAR: Dozens of protesters rushed inside a clinic in Peshawar’s Masho Khel vicinity on Monday and set it on fire after forty youngsters fell unwell allegedly due to reaction of polio vaccine.TV footages show a huge amount of people amassed outside the doors of health center. The sources mentioned that the protesters have set the Basic Health Unit (BHU) on fire. The administration has called the police for protection.

On the other hand, the sufferers have been straight away shifted to the Hayatabad medical complex for treatment. Hayatabad Medical Complex spokesperson said the children are stable and that they complained of dizziness. Doctors also stated the youngsters did not get a reaction from the vaccine. Parents do not want to give the drops to their children and they may have felt sick due to other reasons.

Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has taken the notice of incident and directed to launch investigation into the problem. It is to be mentioned here countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children less than five years of age began on Monday. During the drive, over thirty nine million kids in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan might be administered vaccine. An official declaration issued on Monday by provincial head of the polio program Coordinator EOC, said that the vaccine is given to millions of kids in each polio marketing campaign in throughout the country without any adverse effects reports.

On Wednesday, commissioner of Peshawar division Amjad Ali Khan told a seminar at the district council hall “None of the children taken to the hospitals on Monday had suffered from adverse reaction to vaccination. The laboratory test has declared the vaccine safe for children,”  EOC also requested the media to avoid speculating and spreading false news  and requested people to cooperate with polio workers to make Pakistan polio free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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