Pakistan suspends anti-polio drive after attacks on workers
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani health officials say the country has suspended an anti-polio campaign after a health worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams were killed in separate attacks in less than a week.
Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The other two are Afghanistan and Nigeria.
But militant threats and superstition have spurred many parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.
Officials say gunmen targeted polio workers and police assigned to protect them in three separate attacks in regions bordering Afghanistan.
Saturday’s decision to halt the campaign against the crippling disease comes after two new polio cases were reported in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.