Man beats, locks up two polio workers
Police on Friday arrested a man involved in abusing two female polio workers in the Kandhkot area of Sindh, a private news channel reported.
According to the police sources, the suspect named Umer allegedly abused the two polio workers after refusing to have children administered with polio drops.
He slapped the two women who had come into the house and locked them in, police added.
The deputy commissioner and senior superintendent police have taken notice of the incident and registered a case against the suspect.
On Monday, the government had launched an anti-polio campaign across the country.
While speaking to Associated Press (AP), Dr Rana Safdar, the campaign’s national coordinator, had remarked that the campaign was launched amid tight security in 89 districts and towns with a total of 110,000 health workers who will fan out to vaccinate 19.2 million children.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria which suffers from endemic polio, a virus that can cause paralysis or death.
The country continues to battle polio for the past several years and is close to completely eradicating the disease. The number of cases declined from 306 in 2014 to 54 in 2015, 20 in 2016 and eight in 2017. In 2018, three polio cases have so far been reported – all from Balochistan.
A country must have no cases for three consecutive years in order to be considered to have eradicated polio by the World Health Organisation.
According to the WHO, the number of polio cases worldwide has fallen by more than 99 per cent since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 cases then to 22 reported cases in 2017.