Two More Polio Workers and One Policeman accompanying them killed in Karachi

Posted: January 21, 2014 in News and Views

Gunmen shot dead two female polio workers and a policeman who was on duty to protect a polio vaccination team in Karachi. This is not the first time that polio workers are attacked. This is a permanent threat hovering over the workers who administer polio drops. Today’s shooting is the latest in a series of attacks by militants targeting polio teams. Those who witnesses the incident said there were

The shooting was the latest in a series of attacks by militants targeting polio teams. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, but efforts to stamp out the crippling disease have been hit by repeated attacks on health teams. According to the World Health Organization, Pakistan recorded 72 cases of polio in 2013 compared to 58 in 2012.

RightsNow Pakistan strong condemn the incident and call for providing security to the polio workers and action against those hitting the innocent citizens and hindering the anti polio campaign, a national cause to eradicate the endemic disease.

 

 

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