Misinformation about vaccination has spread far on social media in many countries in recent years — including during major vaccination campaigns to prevent polio in Pakistan and to immunise against yellow fever in South America.
The year is 1952, and hysteria is sweeping across the United States. What is everyone afraid of? Polio. That year, the disease, which targets children, sickened nearly 58,000 Americans, killed more than 3,000 and left more than 20,000 with mild to disabling paralysis.
There is no doubt that the UAE has considerably enhanced its humanitarian drives the world over. Its campaign to end polio in Pakistan is particularly remarkable, as new statistics show. Over 407 million drops of polio vaccine have been delivered to more than 71 million Pakistani children as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign implemented in Pakistan since 2014 till the end of April 2019, the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAEPAP) has announced.
An anti-vaccination movement rooted in suspicions of modern medicine. Unsubstantiated rumours fuelled by social media. Children infected with a disease that had been all but wiped out.
Monday’s anti-polio push began hours after authorities imposed a partial lockdown in several more high-risk areas in the country. Pakistan has registered more than 659,000 coronavirus cases and 14,256 deaths.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the two separate shootings, a provincial government official said. A central government source confirmed the shootings.
The programme highlighted the fact that the campaign was implemented due to an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed to eradicate polio around the world, in line with the UAE’s humanitarian approach.
It is truly a praiseworthy record on the part of the UAE government, helped of course by the Pakistani authorities. The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE PAP, has vaccinated 12,144,323 Pakistani children
The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP) announced that it has vaccinated 12,144,323 Pakistani children under five years old against polio.
In a shocking lapse, at least 12 kids were administered hand sanitizer instead of the oral polio vaccine drops at a Primary Health Centre in Ghatanji's Kapsi-Kopari village in the district, officials said.