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Insecurity in Pakistan creates barriers to eradication of childhood Polio

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Daily Telegraph, in response to the recent attack on the polio vaccinators’ convoy, emphasized that the conspiracy theory against vaccines is a significant obstacle to eradicating this disease in Pakistan.

This newspaper, on Monday, the 18th of January, published a report stating that for over a decade, Pakistan has faced opposition and scepticism from religious extremist clerics in its efforts to eradicate childhood paralysis.

Pakistani media reported yesterday that following an attack on security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the northwestern part of the country, five guards of polio vaccinators lost their lives, and at least ten others were injured.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for this explosion in a statement and deemed the connection of this attack to the polio vaccination campaign as “incorrect.”

According to The Daily Telegraph’s report, the conspiracy theory, including accusing vaccinators of espionage, has been cited as an impediment to the eradication of childhood paralysis in Pakistan.

It is worth mentioning that after this attack, the vaccination campaign in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region has been suspended.

According to statistics provided, in the past decade, 102 employees of the polio vaccine campaign and their guards have been killed in armed attacks.

Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are two insecure provinces in Pakistan that are facing serious security threats.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio has not yet been eradicated. This is happening while terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been on the rise.

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