UNKNOWN gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, highlighting resistance to the country’s immunisation campaign, officials say.
The shooting happened in the Killi Jeo area of provincial capital Quetta a day after a three-day campaign kicked off across the country, senior government official Tariq Mengal told AFP.
The Taliban have banned immunisations in some areas, condemning the campaign as a cover for espionage since a Pakistani doctor was jailed after helping the CIA track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden using a hepatitis vaccination program.
In Tuesday’s incident, a team of male and female vaccinators was engaged in a door-to-door campaign to administer polio drops to children below five years of age when unknown gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a male volunteer, Mengal said.
Polio remains a problem in Pakistan whereas it has been eradicated in all modern countries. No surprise, with supremely anti-modern sentiment such as this. The very ill-conceived idea of the CIA to use a vaccine program as a cover for an operation has backfired in a HUGE way. Regardless, the Taliban seem to be makers of their own long-term suffering and doom.
Tip: Kylie Sturgess