Will Pakistan be freed from Polio disease?
World is entering in new phase day by day and it is on edge of advancement. When World (NASA) has reached on Mars and some people are still saying this medicine is Halal and that is Haram.
Question is who will decide Halal and Haram? Does it authority have only to Taliban and Mullah who pass Fatawas? Why does not Supreme Court take sue Motu on it?
In Pakistan, people saw when extremist groups had opposed using electroacoustic but with the passage of time, time proved and now more electro-acoustic are used by religious people than common public.
Things are neither religious nor non-religious, they only fill-up the gap of necessity. Unfortunately, most of people do not leave tiny issue and start doing dirt politics that is only cause of harm to people.
Aftermath 9/11 we have analyzed that in the name of war has been started by Taliban and how many lives have been quelled, not only this in fact most of people are suffering in Afghanistan, FATA, Tribal areas and including world also suffer.
If Taliban wants to fight with western countries especially America, why are they using poor people as their tool in war? Have they felt ever that how much people are suffering?
Not only this but they have applied their anger on children too, when announced and warned for stop Drone attacks, if Drones are not stopped , children would not be allowed to get Polio drops in South and North Waziristan, around 200,000 children do not have access to Polio vaccination.
What is Polio disease and how it works? “Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours,” according to Polio Eradication.
Pakistan is undeveloped country and has suffered also faced many problems. Problems can not be solved unless whole country participates for solving problems.
Polio disease exists in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Pakistan has atom bomb and claims to be powerful state but have they realized that power makers are spending huge amount of budget on weapons but they are unable to save their kids from disease and now Pakistan stands on list of Polio disease.
If we look at the data of Polio cases, from 2000 to 2012, we can realize that we are still standing in same position.
A news item can possibly be sent us back to age of stone if 200,000 children are vaccine by Polio drops.
Local Taliban and Pakistani warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur banned polio vaccinations in the northwestern tribal region of Waziristan to protest against US drone attacks. He condemned the vaccination campaign due to start on Monday, as a cover for espionage.
Ban on polio would put 240,000 children at risk in northwest Pakistan, if a vaccination campaign didn’t start by the coming week.
“There is a possibility that we may have to skip the polio campaign in North and South Waziristan, because we are not getting clearance from the army and nor the situation is conducive,” a government health official told AFP reported in Daily Times newspaper on July/14/2012.
Then WHO and UNICEF organization were attacked in Karachi. “The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker supported by WHO, who was part of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan, reported on July/24/2012.”
There threats forced to government and Polio team for step back and Polio campaign has been postponed.
Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa health department has decided not to carry-out anti polio immunization campaign during Ramazan ul Mubarak and instead launch the three day campaign from 10th September, reported in The Frontier Post, on July/26/2012.
According to Editorial of The Frontier Post “it was in 2007 when the United Nations Children Fund was about to declare Pakistan a polio-free state. More than 173 Polio cases from 15 districts in the country were officially reported during 2011, and this year in 2012, it is understood to have gone worse than the past since no or little precautionary measures are being taken. A majority of the cases were found in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The World Health Organization also said on Sunday that polio virus had been found in sewage water samples collected from Gadap and Baldia towns in Karachi. Sewage samples from Sukkur, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore have also shown presence of Polio virus. Pakistan has reported a total of 27 Polio cases this year, including 13 from Fata, six from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three each from Sindh and Punjab and two from Balochistan.” On August/7/2012.
Not only this, but young ambassador of Polio eradication Aseefa Bhutto is keenly willing to End Polio in Pakistan, but she cannot do anything except meetings in the chamber of four-walls or making statements and leaving messages on Twitter. Though, she does want to triumph over Polio. Things cannot be in her favor after Taliban threats and a report said that expired polio drops had been vaccine to children of Pakistan.
“Dera Ismail Khan: Over 3,000 children – below the age of five years – have been immunized with expired Polio vaccines in Shakai Valley, about 30km north of Wana Bazaar in South Waziristan Agency, an official of the political administration has revealed, The Express Tribune on June/25/2012.”
3,000 children got expired Polio drops; it means we would have 3,000 ill children in future. There would be many cases regarding expired vaccination which are not reported or ignored to be reported.
On one side, Taliban puts guns on children’s shoulder and not let them to access to Polio vaccination and on another side government officers also show recklessness and do not care about their duties to children.
Who will help and End Polio disease?
In Waziristan, Polio team is not supported by Army; even they have not gotten single clearance by Army. According to Army officers that they are winning war on terrorism. If they are winning then why do not they give clearance and start campaign in Waziristan?
If such treatments had been given during Dictator Musharraf’s Era, we would have seen supportive voice from Army.
How issues and genuine problems covert into revenge politics, none sees that this is loss of children. Opposition parties think that if there would be high numbers of polio cases, we can count in failure of PPP. That is reason we have not listened single voice against ban on Polio in Waziristan, 200,000 children are at risk.
Imran Khan Politician has been found being worried for Drone attacks. Now would he explain that how does he see drone attach on Polio vaccination by Taliban and why does he not speak?
Nawaz Sharif wants to see Pakistan without Corruption but he has not cared for Polio disease and did not warn for Long March in Waziristan. Maybe he does not want Pakistan without Polio disease and in his view ban on Polio is not crime and corruption.
Everyone must realize that children are angels and they must not be physically abused and punished.
At government side, they should realize its grave mistakes in the Polio campaign. Has government ever started investigation on expired polio drops?
In Sindh and Balochistan villages are ignored and mostly villages have not even heard of word Polio diseases.
We need to work hard and aware to people regarding Polio disease. Pakistan’s all Political Parties should leave their grievances and must be united for End Polio Campaign.
If anyone wants to see Polio Free Pakistan, must be acted honestly.
Polio disease will make disable future of children; do we want disable future of this land?
Published Published in English Monthly Bolan Voice Magazine on July-2012 www.bolanvoice.wordpress.com