ISLAMABAD: Following a campaign launched against social media polio vaccinations, a 25 percent increase in rejection was recorded during the latest police campaign in the federal capital, which began on December 10th.
A two month old girl was vaccinated on November 30 in Tehsil Ghazi. She became ill and died in Haripur on December 2. The incident was reported in the media and it was alleged that she died because of the polio vaccine.
The story was widely shared on social media, after which the number of refuses increased in the federal capital.
Refusal relates to social media rumors about the child's death due to polio vaccine
A report on a survey of the question says that the girl's death had nothing to do with polio vaccination and that she died of pneumonia.
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"Most of the rejects were from educated people who are active in social media. During the latest police campaign we had 69 rejections from all over the city and this time we have as many members of the Defense Housing Board alone. Parents refused to vaccinate their children and beaten by polio law, "fokal person for polio in Islamabad, Dr Asif Rahim told Dawn .
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A video recording of such an incident available with Dawn shows a man who is battling a police team saying that parents should be able to decide if they want to vaccinate their children.
You have visited my house five times. Stop coming here or I will call the guards. I have seen news about a child who dies due to a polio vaccine. I do not allow my children to be vaccinated, you can do what you want, "he says in the clip.
An official in Islamabad Capital Territory said most people lie and say they have already vaccinated their children in a hospital and that they can Do not produce a certificate or card when it is set.
"We have become very difficult to vaccinate children in Bahria Town and Kural urban communities. The proportion of refusal coverage is still lower than in previous campaigns despite the presence of additional deputies and deputy commissioners, "he said.
" The media should cover such issues with responsibility for such news to increase the number of refuses in the forthcoming police campaign in January " he said.
On the other hand, a report from a survey reported by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the two-month old girl's death that the police vaccine had nothing to do with her death.
The report of the factual committee available with Dawn, says that she died of pneumonia and that her four-year-old brother and other children were also vaccinated and that they are all good and healthy.
The report recommends regulatory measures to publish news about sensitive issues like polio to avoid chaos among the public.
It is said that the question should be carefully listened to The publication of such news as police eradication is a national cause and such activities may harm the campaign.
Published in Dawn, December 17, 2018