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Pak refugees prevent anti-polio drive in Barmal

Pak refugees prevent anti-polio drive in Barmal

Mar 18, 2017 - 16:27

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Refugees from the North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistaninfo-icon are preventing a polio vaccination campaign in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Saturday.

Dr. Mohammad Noor, director of polio vaccine campaign in Paktika, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a large number of families migrated from north and south Waziristan region to Barmal district of the province.

He said the refugees recently prevented the campaign implemented in their areas and said they did not want their children vaccinated.

“Seven positive cases of polio have registered in Paktika province during the outgoing solar yearinfo-icon and all of the cases were recorded in refugees,” he said.

He said polio was a harmful disease so people should prevent their children from it by giving them anti-polio vaccines.

Adam Khan, a resident of Barmal district, said that the polio vaccination campaign was suspended in their area as Waziristan refugees did not want their children vaccinated.

“Their thoughts are negative about polio vaccines, but officials concern should at least implement the campaign in our area where people want their children vaccinated,” he said.

Paktika public healthinfo-icon director, Dr. Wali Gul Kharoti, said polio vaccine was good for eradication of paralysis, hepatitis B, measles, pneumonia, TB and many other diseases.

He also said that a number of displaced people in Barmal district prevented the polio campaign.

Kharoti said he was trying to resolve the problem through negotiations and let the vaccination campaign implemented in refugees areas where polio cases have been discovered.

Mohammad Azam, a psychologist, said people’s views have disrupted about polio vaccine campaigns in the recent past.

He said people believe their children would turn shameless and disrespectful if they were vaccinated.

He asked the people not to decide themselves and follow directions from their elders and experts.

Thirteen positive cases of polio including seven of them in Barmal district alone have recorded in Afghanistaninfo-icon current solar year.


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