Battle against poliovirus in Pakistan

  • Kaneez Fatima IQ Institute of Infection and Immunity, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ishtiaq Qadri King Fahd Medical Research Center, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: oral poliovirus vaccines, FATA, WHO, polio P3 strain


On 22 Feb 2013, the Polio Monitoring Cell of Pakistan announced that the 2012-2013 polio campaign ended, and that 1.6 million children could not be vaccinated due to security concerns in several regions where polio workers had been killed. Those who could not be vaccinated included 50,000 children from the Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA), 150,000 form Khyber Pakhtoon Khao, 400,000 from a Quetta, 400,000 from Karachi, and a small number from the Rawalpindi District. These statistics are worrying, as several districts in the large metropolitan cities of Karachi and Quetta were also excluded.  The fear of advanced medicine, ideas, or complex devices is a new phenomenon in many conservative and poor countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Somalia. To safeguard the safety of the rest of the world, the failure in the implementation of WHO guidelines for vaccination must be regulated by the UN. There are a number of reasons for the phobias surrounding  vaccination, but as technology continues to evolve at such a rapid rate, those with self-determined ideologies cannot cope with such advances.  They become vocal to gain popularity and prevent the use of these technologies and medicine  by creating and spreading rumors and  propaganda of expediency. The struggle to vaccinate children is not easily understood by anyone living in the developed world. The irrational fear of vaccines and the lack of vaccination pose a serious global health risk and must be curbed through a wide variety of pro-vaccination media and religious campaigns.

Author Biographies

Kaneez Fatima, IQ Institute of Infection and Immunity, Lahore, Pakistan
Director Research
Ishtiaq Qadri, King Fahd Medical Research Center, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Professor and Head Medical Biotechnology
How to Cite
Fatima K, Qadri I (2013) Battle against poliovirus in Pakistan. J Infect Dev Ctries 7:897-899. doi: 10.3855/jidc.3647