Peshawar hospital set on fire as polio vaccine allegedly made children ill


Residents in Peshawar broke the gate and set fire at Peshawar hospital Mashokhel as 40 children were administered wrong anti-polio drops and fell ill.

The protestors broke the main gate of the hospital and set fire in the building of Peshawar hospital.

The Hayatabad medical spokesperson said that the children complained of dizziness but now they are recovered.

Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator Kamran Afridi said that There can be no reaction to the anti-polio vaccine. The vaccine was not expired and the condition of all the children is normal.

Afridi further said, “Doctors also said the children did not get a reaction from the vaccine. There are parents in Masho Khel who do not want to administer the drops to their children and they could have felt sick owing to other reasons.”

National Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme Dr Rana Safdar told Radio Pakistan Islamabad that the anti-polio drive will target 39 million children in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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