Polio resurfaces in Pakistani region where militants prevented vaccination


* This disease could have been eradicated long ago, were it not for Islamic headbangers and inshallah fatalism that prevents healthcare from reaching these wretched people:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: An eight-month-old Pakistani girl has tested positive for polio in an area where militants campaigned against vaccination, a World Health Organization official said Thursday.

The girl, identified only as Tanzila, comes from Ali Gram village in the Swat Valley where militants had “beaten up” anti-polio vaccination teams, said Dr Khalid Nawaz, a WHO official supervising local health authorities.

Nawaz said the last confirmed case of the disease in Swat had been in 2003. Tanzila is infected with type 1 polio, the most dangerous and contagious strain, he said.

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Threats to health workers and fighting between government security forces and militants have disrupted vaccinations in about half of the Swat Valley since September 2007, he said.

A Swat-based pro-Taliban cleric, Maulana Fazlullah, had reportedly opposed polio vaccination, saying it was a Western conspiracy to render Muslims infertile.

Last year, armed Fazlullah supporters took control of most of the scenic valley in Pakistan’s volatile northwest before the army moved in and forced them into the mountains.

Nawaz said authorities are planning to resume the vaccinations after a fragile peace deal was reached this year between militants and the government.

However, there have been sporadic attacks in recent weeks, and several girls schools have been burned down, amid signs that militants are reasserting themselves.

In the past year, Islamic militants have extended their influence across Pakistan’s northwestern frontier with Afghanistan, posing a growing security threat to both countries.

Polio has been eliminated in all but about a dozen countries following a global vaccination campaign, according to WHO. The disease remains endemic in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Polio mostly strikes children under five and is spread when unvaccinated people come into contact with the feces of those with the virus, often through water. It usually attacks the nervous system, causing paralysis, muscular atrophy, deformation and sometimes death.

Nawaz said in 2007 there were 28 polio cases reported in Pakistan. So far this year there have been 17, but he remained confident that the spread of the disease could be stopped by year’s end.


6 thoughts on “Polio resurfaces in Pakistani region where militants prevented vaccination”

  1. ALL immigration from those countries who denounce immunizations should cease immediately. It cannot be considered “religious discrimination”…it is simply protecting the population of the host country.

  2. No surprise that this has happened. Polio existed in Mo’s time so it must be good.
    Polio isn’t nearly as crippling and deadly as Islamania is. A worldwide effort nearly eradicated the former-another such effort is needed to get rid of the latter.

  3. The real victims of this idiotic madness will be the children, growing up with this horrible desease. Is there anything positive being contributed to the world today by Islam? Everything this cult touches turns to sorrow, dispair, violence, hatred, etc.

  4. I simply do not know what this outcry is about. The kid has polio, tough, but luckily she is also muzzie, that will cure her . A couple of shots of zam-zam water and a healthy dose of camel piss will cure her. Allah said so.

  5. screw it. if the muslims don’t want to be saved by agents of the great satan let them rot. let them catch diseases that haven’t existed in the west for 100 years. Let them get smallpox and polio. they probably will start catching aids soon too. who cares? they don’t want help, don’t force it on them. let their god figure it out for them.

  6. I love it. It’s important that muslim women SNIP Support muslim mysogony, honor killings, dismemberment, and murder. Every SNIP is 1 less muslim womb to spread the disease.

    Stop the abuse or you will be banned! (ed)

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