Suspect Arrested In Peshawar Over Anti-Polio Campaign

Suspect Arrested In Peshawar After Conspiring Against Anti-Polio Campaign

Police have arrested a suspect for conspiring against the on-going anti-polio campaign in Peshawar.

The suspect, identified as Nazar Gul, had initiated propaganda against the ongoing anti-polio campaign and asked children to act sick in Hayatabad Medical Complex while asking healthy children to lie on the bed and pose as unconscious.

The individual has denied any wrongdoing after being arrested by the police.

Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar bin Atta said in a tweet that the police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 12 individuals who were behind the Peshawar polio drama.

Protesters had earlier burnt down a health facility in Peshawar following reports that multiple children had fallen sick after consuming anti-polio vaccine.

The protest was triggered by hearsay as medics at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, where most of the children were taken, said that an overwhelming majority of them were actually fine.

The protesters mobbed the Basic Health Unit Mashokhel, ransacked the premises before setting it on fire.

“The anti-polio vaccine is the safest vaccine that has protected millions of children from disabilities. The polio vaccine is administered to millions of children during every polio campaign without any adverse effects,” said EOC Coordinator Capt (retd) Kamran Afridi.

Polio (Poliomyelitis) in Pakistan is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The poliovirus is transmitted by person-to-person and is spread mainly through the fecal-oral route, or, less frequently, by a common vehicle, such as contaminated water or food.

Thereafter, the virus multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.

Faisal Rahat

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