LAHORE: Greater than four,000 households refused to manage their youngsters with polio drops throughout an ongoing immunisation drive in Punjab.
Well being division officers stated that the refusals, originating from 5 districts of the province, stem from an anti-vaccine video being propagated on social media.
They added that greater than four,000 refusal instances have been reported from the province — probably the most from Rawalpindi the place 2,200 households didn’t let well being staff administer polio drops to their younger ones.
Officers stated well being groups additionally confronted comparable hassle within the districts of DG Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and Toba Tek Singh.
They claimed that the false and baseless marketing campaign towards the polio vaccine is responsible for the refusal instances.
Media stories had said earlier that a pretend video relating to deaths brought on by the polio vaccine had gone viral and led to refusal instances in Rawalpindi final month.
Based on the federal government, 5 out of eight youngsters paralysed by the poliovirus in 2017 got here from households refusing vaccination as a consequence of misconceptions.
On Monday, the second final polio marketing campaign of the present low transmission season commenced throughout the nation apart from Bajaur Company of the tribal areas.
Based on the federal authorities, a complete of 37.seventy one million youngsters beneath 5 years of age have been to be targetted within the immunisation marketing campaign, together with 19.38 million in Punjab, eight.eighty five million in Sindh, 5.seventy three million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2.forty six million in Balochistan, a million in FATA, zero.7 million in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, zero.238 million in Gilgit Baltistan and zero.33 million youngsters in Islamabad.
A complete of 260,000 personnel will attempt to realize targets throughout Pakistan, a press launch had said, including that the marketing campaign will finish at present with a surplus day for missed areas.
Pakistan is certainly one of solely three nations on the earth, together with Afghanistan and Nigeria, that suffers from endemic polio, a childhood virus that may trigger paralysis or dying.
The nation has been battling polio for the previous a number of years and is near utterly eradicating the crippling illness.
The variety of instances has declined from 306 in 2014 to fifty four in 2015, 20 in 2016 and eight in 2017.
In 2018, just one polio case has thus far been reported from Dukki, Balochistan.
A rustic should have no instances for 3 consecutive years to be able to be thought-about to have eradicated polio by the World Well being Group.
“We’re actually very near eradicating the illness,” the nation’s nationwide coordinator on polio, Mohammad Safdar, had informed Reuters when the marketing campaign was launched on Monday.
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