UN Suspends Pakistan Polio Campaign After Killings

The UN has suspended an anti-polio campaign in Pakistan after two more health workers died in the latest of a spate of gun attacks.

Attacks in the Peshawar region killed a vaccination supervisor and her driver, and injured a student volunteer.

Coming after five deaths on Tuesday, the UN said it was suspending its three-day vaccination drive.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the Taliban have issued threats against the UN’s anti-polio campaign.

Pakistan is one of just three countries where the disease is still endemic.

The UN children’s agency Unicef and the World Health Organisation were suspending work on the programme nationwide after Wednesday’s bloodshed, said Unicef spokesman Michael Coleman.

The UN provides technical and financial support to employees and volunteers of the local health department who administer the polio drops.

The programme was halted in Sindh province on Tuesday after four female health workers were shot dead in the city, while another female worker was killed in an attack in Peshawar.

4 Responses to "UN Suspends Pakistan Polio Campaign After Killings"

  1. Livingstone   December 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Shame that these guys can’t appreciate the free medical assistance being given to their poor dying children……just die alone or throw yourself in the Ocean, period!

  2. Ba game   December 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Even me i cant accepte such thing in a country like pakistan bcoz that is a weapone they are uSing to kill inocente people especialy childrens.

  3. Democrat   December 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Pakistan doesn’t trust western countries bcoz of their support for Israel. So anything associated with US/Britain/UN is questionable and a set up to them. Even me I would act in the same manner, that’s rational.

  4. jojinto   December 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    These are the same contaminated vaccines being administered by some chaps with sinister motives against certain races and ethnic groupings..in Zambia we had measles vaccines that reacted on all babies and some deaths even recorded. In Nigeria these where rejected!!!no more vaccines for my children ok Stupid UN!!