Volunteer administering polio drops killed in Pakistan

Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in Pakistan | News.com.au.

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

  2 comments for “Volunteer administering polio drops killed in Pakistan

  1. October 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    There’s a look at where the US will be going if the fundies continue gaining political power.

  2. Bob
    October 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Future of this country?

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