PESHAWAR: Two polio workers were killed on Wednesday when their team came under attack in Swabi’s Parmoli area.
According to Swabi District Police Officer Imran Shahid, unidentified men opened fire at the polio team while they were on duty.
As a result of the firing, a lady health worker was killed on the spot while another was severely injured. The injured lady health worker was rushed to the Kalu Khan Hospital. She was later shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where she succumbed to her injuries during the course of treatment, according to LRH Medical Director Dr Khalid Masood.
Taking notice of the attack, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed Inspector General of Police Sanaullah Abbasi to submit a report on the incident. He further directed the police to take strict action against the perpetrators of the attack.
Attacks on polio workers are common in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. This is one of the biggest hindrances to the eradication of polio from the country.
Meanwhile, three more polio cases were reported in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), taking the total number of cases to six in the current year.
According to the Health Ministry, poliovirus was detected in a 26-month-old child in Jumo Agham Union Council of Sindh’s Ratodero.
In KP, an 11-month-old child was found to be infected with the disease in Tank district. Reportedly, the parents of the child had refused the administration of the polio vaccine to the infant.
The third case was reported in Balochistan where a 20-month-old child was diagnosed with the disease in Sikandarabad Union Council of Balochistan’s Dera Murad Jamali. The child had been vaccinated against the disease thrice and their blood sample was collected on January 3, but regardless the child became infected.
This was the first polio case in Balochistan during the current year.