Pakistan's Polio Crisis

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  1. Kshatriya87

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    This link is created to list out all the news and discussions of the latest happenings in Pakistan regarding polio, polio vaccinations & teams etc. Please post all related links here.
     
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    Official: Gunmen Kill 4 Polio Workers in Pakistan

    Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.

    The attack on the health workers took place in the southwestern city of Quetta, while the drone strike targeted a militant hideout in the North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan.

    Those killed in the attack on the outskirts of Quetta included three women, said a police spokesman Shahzada Farhat.

    The vaccination team of three women and three men was waiting for a police escort when two gunmen opened fire on them, he said.

    Local militants oppose the vaccination campaign, alleging that western governments use it as a cover to spy on insurgents. A Pakistani used the same method of a fake vaccination drive to collect evidence on al-Qaida's late chief Osama bin Laden, which led to his killing by a U.S. special forces team in a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

    Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio, which can cause paralysis and death, remains endemic. The incidence of polio in Pakistan has hit a 15-year high; the World Health Organization has already registered 235 polio cases since January. Attempts to administer the vaccine have been hindered by militant attacks that have killed hundreds of health workers.

    Meanwhile on Wednesday, a suspected U.S. drone strike targeted a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border, killing four militants, three Pakistani intelligence officials said. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to brief the media.

    The region has long been a safe haven for local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants who have been waging a war against the Pakistani state in a bid to enforce their own harsh brand of Islamic law.

    The Pakistani army launched a major offensive in North Waziristan in mid-June, and claims to having killed over 1,200 militants so far.


    Official: Gunmen Kill 4 Polio Workers in Pakistan - ABC News
     
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    Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings

    LONDON — Pakistan’s polio crisis has reached new depths this year, health officials say, intensified by a deadly mix of ruthless militant violence, large-scale refugee displacement and political chaos that has cemented the country’s role as the central global incubator of a disease that other conflict-torn countries have managed to hold in check.

    The number of new Pakistani polio cases this year hit 260 this week, four times as many as at the same point last year, making a mockery of promises by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other politicians from across the spectrum to halt the galloping progress of the disease.

    Even as domestic vaccination drives and extensive international aid have put huge numbers of anti-polio workers in the field, Pakistan’s militants have seen it as an opportunity to strike at symbols of authority, portraying the workers as agents in a sinister Western plot. On Wednesday, four more health workers were gunned down, bringing the death toll among anti-polio workers to 65 since the first targeted attack in December 2012.

    The attackers, who struck in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province, opened fire on the workers’ vehicle after demanding to know if they were involved in the anti-polio campaign. Television footage showed emergency workers carrying three other wounded workers from a van that contained abandoned slippers and blood-smeared iceboxes with polio vaccines.

    The wounded, and three of the dead, were women, whose greater access to private households in conservative rural areas of Pakistan have put them in high demand as health workers.

    The attackers escaped, and there was no claim of responsibility, although a Taliban splinter group said it had carried out a gun attack near Peshawar on Monday that wounded a polio worker and a student. Polio vaccinations are “dangerous to health and against Islam,” a spokesman for that group, Jamaat-e-Ahrar, said after the attack, echoing longstanding claims that Western countries are using immunization to sterilize Muslim children.



    But the power of such conspiracy theories has been diminished by hundreds of millions of dollars in donations from Gulf countries and Islamic organizations toward the immunization campaign. Many here believe the militants simply see the attacks as another way to challenge authority. “It’s not just polio — they want to disrupt all government activities,” said Aziz Memon, who leads Rotary International’s immunization efforts in Pakistan.

    War and politics accelerated the surge in polio infections this year.

    A sweeping military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups in the North Waziristan tribal district caused at least a million civilians to flee into neighboring areas and across the border into Afghanistan.

    But few of the children in that outpouring of refugees had been immunized for polio, because vaccinators had been unable to reach the area, which for years has been the main target of American drone strikes. “It wasn’t even an underimmunized area; it was nonimmunized,” said Dr. Elias Durry, the World Health Organization’s polio coordinator in Pakistan.

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    As fleeing families reached refugee camps and then often moved beyond, polio infection rates soared, and the virus spread to new areas, including the country’s largest city, Karachi. The number of districts infected by polio increased to 22 this year, from 10 before, and almost three quarters of the new cases came from the tribal districts of North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Khyber.

    As the disease has spread, Pakistan’s political leadership has been consumed by security crises and power games.

    Much of the political chaos has centered on a high-stakes confrontation between Mr. Sharif and his political nemesis, Imran Khan, who since August has helped lead a protest rally in Islamabad that has demanded the prime minister’s resignation and brought the government to a standstill.

    Mr. Sharif and another protest leader, the cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri, have accused Mr. Sharif of corruption and ineptitude, even as they, in turn, have been accused of exploiting chaos for political gain. Mr. Khan intends to hold another rally in Islamabad on Sunday, offering the prospect of fresh political drama.

    Meanwhile, political and sectarian violence has heightened in Karachi, in the Pakistani heartland of Punjab, and in war-torn Baluchistan Province.

    The interlocking crises surrounding Pakistan’s polio emergency have had another effect: acute embarrassment among many Pakistanis who, after years of seeking to shake off Western perceptions of their country as an incubator of global terrorism, now also find it painted as a global disease hub. Regulations introduced this year require air travelers from Pakistan of all ages to produce a certificate proving that they have been vaccinated for polio. One newspaper called the epidemic Pakistan’s “badge of shame.”

    In contrast, the other two countries where polio is endemic have recorded more modest infection rates. So far this year, Afghanistan has registered 21 new cases, many of which are a result of refugees fleeing Pakistan. And Nigeria, which is battling the Boko Haram insurgency and, more recently, a small outbreak of Ebola, has had just six cases.

    Meanwhile, officials say Pakistan has exported the polio virus to China, Egypt and Syria — in some cases, experts believe, via militant families traveling to the battlefields of the Middle East.

    In a bid to address the problem, Mr. Sharif last month constituted an emergency response committee and administered polio drops to children at a ceremony in Islamabad on Oct. 24. Immunization was an issue of “utmost importance” and the right of every Pakistani child, he said.

    Mr. Sharif said he hoped that the health authorities and international donors could use the coming six months, considered to be the low season for polio transmission, to reverse the tide of infections. Experts say that, even if militant violence continues, immunization is still possible provided there are adequate security precautions. Since the first death of a polio worker two years ago, health workers have delivered 450 million doses of vaccine, said Dr. Durry of the W.H.O.

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    In an interview, Mazhar Nisar Sheikh, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said the virus was mostly being contained. “Ninety percent of cases are limited to parts of the country where security has been compromised,” he said.

    Still, Baluchistan Province offers a stark illustration of polio’s resurgence. Baluchistan had been polio-free for two years until July, when it recorded a case in Kila Abdullah, a remote district on a route to South Waziristan.

    Since then health officials have recorded another nine polio cases in the province — more than in Somalia, which has also suffered an outbreak this year. That caused health experts to start a targeted vaccination drive in 11 districts of Baluchistan this week, including the effort in Quetta, where the health workers were killed Wednesday.

    Despite the dispiriting numbers and the violence, those at the forefront of immunization efforts in Pakistan say this is one battle the country cannot afford to lose.

    “We are committed,” said Mr. Memon, of Rotary International. “The children of this country should walk, not crawl. We promised to end this, and we will.”


    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/w...ll-4-members-of-anti-polio-campaign.html?_r=0
     
  5. sayareakd

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    We need to be careful, dont want it to enter India.
     
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    You are fearing from Pakistanis or Polio?
     
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    whole world is fearing from Pakistani with polio. for ur info polio virus is spreadable, that's y u r asked to carry polio certificate all the time
     
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    Who is fearful of Pakistan or Pakistanis, it is Polio, we have eradicated it, now even one case from Pakistan will reduce our hard work.
     
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    may be we need to injuct all the Pakistanis entering India........
     
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    We have already started screening incoming passengers. Indian government was talking about introducing some additional requirements for anyone from Pakistan entering India which includes some kind of proof that you are dosed with polio vaccine.
     
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    We are fearing from Pakistanis who have polio which can spread in India again. India already has been a polio free country for 3 years now (to the best of my knowledge). We don't want it to re-enter India again.
     
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    so as usual pakis are threat to us, be it nuclear, biological or chemical............
     
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    Yes, they are.
     
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    Another Jew Agent (polio vaccination worker) has been shot dead in faislabad.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/asia/anti-polio-worker-is-killed-in-pakistan.html

     
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    I think now there is a competition between number of polio cases and number of polio worker killed each year. Sadly humanity is at loss who from the two wins.
     
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    This story hardly ever hits the news here.

    But it is imporant news.

    Polio is one of the diseases that could be eradicated within a few years since the only remaining cases are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    But those thick headed morons who run parts of the country would rather have it spread than put even a spec of trust into modern medicin.

    A part of me thinks, let them have it! If they really want it then let them have it and face the consequences themselves.
     
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    Part of me says that too. Only if they don't spread it around the globe.
     
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    Polio was never a problem at the time of the Prophet. It is an American and Hindu conspiracy to malign Pakistan.
     
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    Not to malign, to make them impotent. :p
     
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    4 more polio cases found in Pakistan; tally jumps to 295

    ISLAMABAD: Four new polio cases have been reported in Pakistan, taking the number of those affected by the crippling disease to 295 this year. According to federal health department, two new cases have been reported from Peshawar and one each from Khyber Agency in tribal areas and Qila Abdullah district in Balochistan. The 2014 has been the toughest year for the Pakistan anti-polio programme as the number of confirmed cases is going to touch the 300 mark, the highest in the country since 1999. During the past six months, Pakistan had topped in the world polio cases with 85 per cent of all the polio cases reported around the world. Afghanistan was second with 23 cases and Nigeria on third with six cases. Pakistan government has come under criticism for doing little to eradicate the virus which is a threat to the world. Security is the main reason for the spread of polio virus as vaccination cannot be organised in tribal areas where Taliban still control large areas. They consider polio medicine as a conspiracy by the West to sterile Muslims. Peshawar is considered as hub of poliovirus. Several polio workers, including women, lost their lives in the attacks. With emergence of four new cases, the number of victims affected by the crippling disease rose to 295, officials said.
    4 more polio cases found in Pakistan; tally jumps to 295 - The Times of India
     
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