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Peshawar hospital set on fire by protestors after children fell ill taking polio vaccine

PESHAWAR: On Monday, in the Masho Khel area of Peshawar, there were dozens of protestors stride angrily inside a hospital and set it on fire because of the 40 allegedly ill children who became ill after taking polio vaccine.

In a TV footages, it was shown that there was a large crowd of people outside the hospital. The Basic Health Unit (BHU) was set on the fire by the protestors, as per the news channel.

Police has been called for the security by the administration.

The allegations that the kids suffered due to vaccine were denied by Kamran Afridi- the Coordinator EPI Peshawar.

He further added that, reaction is not possible and the vaccine was not expired.

It was told by the spokesperson of Hayatabad Medical Complex that the children’s condition is not serious. They are suffering from vomiting and nausea.

In the protestors, there were people whose children did not even vaccinated beacause they refused to get them vaccinated, said by Afridi.

He further stated that, there is something else except vaccine which created the problems.

Countrywide campaign

It has been started from today across the county to implement anti-polio drops for the children below the age of 5 years.

Dr Rana Safdar, the
National Coordinator Polio Eradication Programme, said that anti- polio compaign will target 39 million children in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

It was urged by him that, the people should cooperate with the polio teams to provide these drops to their children so that they would not be victim of crippling disease.

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