Contention over Polio vaccine alleged To sterilize Muslim people turns deadly
Suspicion is growing rapidly among the people in Pakistan who claim polio is a technique used by the West to destroy the Muslim people.
According to the World Health Organization, several countries have recently been affected by the viral infection Polio, which is known to cause serious health consequences such as paralyzing and breathing complications among children under five. Pakistan is one of those countries affected by polio and the vaccine program has been used to fight the spreading health issue.
A 42- year old lawyer in Pakistan is convinced that the polio vaccine is implicitly used to destabilize male and females and their gender characteristics in Pakistan and other Muslim countries where it is being used. ‘These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation…the [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out’, expressed Khan, the worried lawyer.
Many extremist groups in Pakistan are now using anti-polio campaigns to raise awareness among the people. The activism of the campaign has particularly been important in the northwestern part of the country where the Pashtun population lives. Polio is known to have mainly affected the Pashtun region which comprise up to 15 per cent of the overall population, however with 75 per cent of all polio cases.
The skepticism seems to largely reflect on the Pakistani physician, Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who is known to have helped the CIA with a fake vaccination program deliberately used to help identify Osama Bin Laden’s presence in the region.
Extremists are now out to target the employees who help distribute the vaccine claiming they are paid by the United States.
The suspicion has taken a deadly turn; nine people who work with the government polio program have been brutally killed. The killings raised alarm in the UN who has withdrawn their staff in Pakistan working with the program.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) who carried out polio research in Pakistan, 41 per cent of parents and families refused to let their children be vaccinated, some with little or no knowledge about the vaccination.
A Pakistani health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child at a vaccination centre in Peshawar, Pakistan.