Pakistan will be setting up polio vaccination counters on all international airports and other point of entries to comply with the recommendations of the World Heal Organization recommendations. WHO had recommended mandatory polio vaccination of all the Pakistanis traveling abroad on Monday May 5, 2014. There had already been 59 cases of polio in Pakistan during this year.
Pakistan’s Health Ministry spokesman Sajid Ali Shah said in a statement, “Special measures will include establishing mandatory immunization counters on all airports, border crossings and seaports for all travelers.”
World Health Organization had announced that wild polio virus is currently affecting 10 countries including Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria. Pakistan, Cameron and Syria are, however, exporting the wild polio virus to the other parts of the world. WHO has asked immunization of all travelers out of these three countries.
All the travelers will be required to carry certificate of immunization with them to show as proof that they have received the polio vaccination.
It is unclear that how the religious groups who strongly and violently oppose the polio vaccination will avoid this mandatory vaccination requirements? The re-emergence of the crippling polio disease is in part result of killing of a number of polio vaccination workers by militant groups who believe that polio vaccination lead to infertility.
The second reason for reluctance of people to receive polio inoculation is the fact that Dr. Shakil Afridi used the polio vaccination to collect medical samples for spying using a fake vaccine project and putting the lives of Pakistanis at risk.