Pak­istan sus­pends anti-po­lio drive af­ter at­tacks on work­ers

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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