West con­ceals its po­lio cases

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Af­shain Afzal Email:af­shainafzal@ya­hoo.com

ALL hopes for the po­lio free world have van­ished like wa ter bub­bles ex­posed to sun. The se­ries of de­tec­tion of new po­lio type virus cases in United States of Amer­ica, Canada and some of the Euro­pean coun­tries has put a ques­tion mark on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the po­lio vac­cines and cred­i­bil­ity of the ex­ecu­tors of im­mu­niza­tion cam­paign. There are many who have dis­cred­ited or­ga­ni­za­tions like Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WHO) and United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) due to their fail­ure to share data around the world and non-fo­cus­ing on de­vel­oped world as epi­cen­tre of the dis­ease.

The lat­est rev­e­la­tion by clin­ics in western Euro­pean coun­tries con­firmed that facts have in­ten­tion­ally be­ing evaded. Cal­i­for­nia health of­fi­cials last month also ad­mit­ted that they de­tected po­lio in United States but though 20 to 25 re­cent cases of sud­den paral­y­sis in chil­dren are linked to a po­lio-like virus but not caused by po­lio it­self. What­ever, the case may be, the sit­u­a­tion is alarm­ing but one won­ders why West is hid­ing this dis­ease from the rest of the world.

Iron­i­cally, in Mus­lim coun­tries in­clud­ing Pak­istan, se­cu­rity is said to be the main rea­son for the spread of po­lio virus as vac­ci­na­tion can­not be ad­min­is­tered there. In Pak­istan and Afghanistan, con­trol of large ar­eas by Tal­iban is be­ing re­ferred as rea­son of fail­ure of erad­i­ca­tion of po­lio. It is strange that through co­er­cive meth­ods, Is­lamic Coun­cil of Pak­istan and the Darul Afta of the Pak­istan Ulema Coun­cil have is­sued a Fatwa say­ing that po­lio drops do not con­tain any­thing that is harm­ful to health, or against Sharia law. One won­ders then why there is still mas­sive pro­pa­ganda against the Mus­lims for non-co­op­er­a­tion. It is be­ing doubted, es­pe­cially in Syria and Iraq that Western im­pe­ri­al­ist and ex­pan­sion­ist pow­ers are us­ing po­lio cam­paign in Mus­lim coun­tries as strate­gic tool to med­i­cally weaken their na­tion­als.

There can be no two opin­ions that Po­lio is caus­ing paral­y­sis and deaths around the world. How­ever, the med­i­cal re­search or­ga­ni­za­tions are not ready to ad­mit that Po­lio viruses still rules the world, es­pe­cially in de­vel­oped coun­tries. They be­lieve that in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple in USA, Canada, UK and other Euro­pean coun­tries have had po­lio in past and are mere de­vel­op­ing a con­di­tion called Post-Po­lio Syn­drome (PPS). Their the­ory can­not be tote as most of the de­tec­tion of po­lio cases in the West are in chil­dren. Ig­nor­ing the bit­ter truth of de­tec­tion of re­cent 140 cases re­ported in UK this year, the health of­fi­cial claim that they have doubts that their na­tion­als have con­tracted po­lio from other coun­tries. There are also some ex­perts who have claimed it as side ef­fect of the at­ten­u­ated po­lio vac­cine (con­tain­ing the live virus).

The WHO and other world or­ga­ni­za­tions claim that the po­lio con­di­tion re­mains a wide­spread prob­lem, only in Nige­ria, Afghanistan and Pak­istan. The lat­est re­port­ing of po­lio cases in the West have put a ques­tion mark on mis­lead­ing state­ments by th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions. One won­ders that po­lio dis­ease started from West and still not elim­i­nated but it is be­ing pro­jected that de­vel­oped coun­tries are free from po­lio. It is no more any se­cret that a new type of po­lio-virus has be­come wide­spread in the US and has caused death to at least 21 peo­ple. The grav­ity of sit­u­a­tion can be judged from fact that from last month’s fig­ure of 798 in­fected peo­ple in 46 states, it rose to con­firmed to­tal of 1220 peo­ple in 47 states. Th­ese peo­ple have been sick­ened with po­lio-virus that caused res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness and has po­ten­tial to lead to paral­y­sis.

Pub­lic schools in many states in­clud­ing New Jersey is­sued a warn­ing to par­ents about po­lio type En­terovirus be­ing re­ported at lo­cal schools. US health au­thor­i­ties are still call­ing it a non-po­lio En­terovirus de­spite con­fir­ma­tion of paral­y­sis and deaths. It is be­ing claimed that one of the rea­sons of spread of po­lio is that the prac­tic­ing Chris­tians have re­fused to al­low their chil­dren and fel­low Chris­tians to use po­lio drops be­cause of it pro­hi­bi­tion in their faith. One won­ders why US, Canada and other western coun­tries are hid­ing the truth that their pop­u­la­tion are suf­fer­ing from po­lio. It is high time that United Na­tions and In­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions must take a step for­ward to save th­ese coun­tries from the fa­tal dis­ease of po­lio. There is re­quire­ment to en­sure that ev­ery Amer­i­can, Bri­ton, Cana­dian as well as oth­ers gets po­lio im­mu­niza­tion be­fore trav­el­ling to other parts of the world.

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