Po­lio Blues

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Pak­istan

had recorded 166 coun­try­wide cases of po­lio till Septem­ber against 93 in 2013. The re­fusal of par­ents to get OPV ad­min­is­tered to their chil­dren on the ba­sis of var­i­ous mis­con­cep­tions was blamed for this in­crease. Some 119 cases have been regis­tered in the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas where se­cu­rity is­sues, the ban by the Tal­iban on im­mu­niza­tion in North and South Waziris­tan agen­cies and in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity of health work­ers to the tar­get ar­eas re­main the main points of con­cerns.

But even out­side Fata, which has of­ten been blamed for block­ing po­lio vac­ci­na­tion ef­forts, of the re­main­ing 47 cases, 31 af­fected chil­dren were not ad­min­is­tered OPV and re­garded as cases of chronic re­fusal.

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