Polio vaccination resumes

  • AFP, Peshawar
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  • Updated: Jan 04, 2013 11:08 IST

Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support to polio vaccinations being resumed discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers, officials said Friday.

UN agencies suspended work on a nationwide campaign to inoculate children against the highly infectious disease after nine health workers were murdered in attacks in the northwest and Karachi in December.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is endemic, but efforts to stamp it out have been hampered by resistance from the Taliban, who have banned vaccination teams from some areas.

 

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