Po­lio worker killed in NW Pak­istan

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A po­lio worker was gunned down Wed­nes­day as he was ad­min­is­ter­ing vac­cines to chil­dren in north­west Pak­istan, of­fi­cials said, the lat­est ca­su­alty in the coun­try’s long cam­paign against the crip­pling dis­ease.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Jam­rud area of the tense Khy­ber tribal dis­trict that bor­ders Afghanistan and was once a haven for Tale­ban mil­i­tants, though re­cent mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions have put the in­sur­gents un­der pres­sure there. “A po­lio worker was shot at as he was ad­min­is­ter­ing po­lio drops in Jam­rud area of Khy­ber,” lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial As­mat Ul­lah Wazir told AFP.

He said the worker suc­cumbed to his in­juries as he was rushed to the hospi­tal. The in­ci­dent was con­firmed by an­other lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial who said it was the third day of the anti-po­lio drive in the prov­ince.

No­body claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­ci­dent but Tale­ban mil­i­tants have at­tacked po­lio work­ers in the prov­ince in the past. More than a hun­dred peo­ple have been killed in such at­tacks since De­cem­ber 2012.

Is­lamist op­po­si­tion to all forms of in­oc­u­la­tion grew after the CIA or­ga­nized a fake vac­ci­na­tion drive to help track down Al-Qaeda’s for­mer leader Osama Bin Laden in the Pak­istani gar­ri­son town of Ab­bot­tabad. He was killed there by US forces in 2011.

De­spite the at­tacks, Pak­istan hopes to be re­moved from the list of po­lio-en­demic coun­tries by 2018 by achiev­ing its goal of no fresh cases for a year. Pak­istan is one of only two coun­tries in the world where po­lio, a crip­pling child­hood dis­ease, re­mains en­demic. —AFP

MATSUMOTO, CEN­TRAL JA­PAN: In this Aug. 11, 2016 photo, Ja­pan’s Princess Aiko, a grand­daugh­ter of Em­peror Ak­i­hito, ar­rives at the venue for a na­tional cer­e­mony on Moun­tain Day. —AP

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