QUETTA: Though Pakistan boasts of being a nuclear power its defence line collapses when it comes to containing the crippling polio virus. Pakistan is among the three countries, Nigeria and Afghanistan being the other two, where the virus has not been completely contained. Polio continues to threaten the future generations of the country.
As part of continued anti-polio efforts, the Baluchistan government launched another vaccination drive that concluded yesterday. According to health authorities, approximately 800 children were administered polio drops in Civil Hospital Quetta, 650 in Bolan Medical Complex and 300 at the Quetta Railway Station during the three-day campaign.
Results from the mobile teams and door to door vaccination teams have yet to arrive.
The three-day drive was initiated in the five districts of the province where it had been postponed earlier on account of by-elections and security concerns.
Last month, the provincial government called off the anti-polio campaign in Quetta and Pishin for security reasons and in Jhal Magsi, Naseerabad and Killa Abdullah for by-election.
After the attacks on polio volunteers across the country, particularly in Baluchistan, the provincial authorities deployed more police and security forces for the protection of polio teams going door to door in Pishin, Qilla Abdullah and Quetta, officials said.