7 private schools responsible for Peshawar polio drama sealed

Following the consequences, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to seal seven private schools involved in Peshawar polio drama.

Peshawar polio drama lead to a new wave of misconceptions and the public trust started to deteriorate again. The conspiracy propagated by some religious groups allegedly for political benefits tried to paint a picture that polio vaccines are dangerous for health and adversely impacted the children’s health.

The drama, that was later exposed, showed a man screaming how the health of children went downhill after the vaccination, however, later the malicious intentions were exposed as the second video showed how the children were asked to pretend to be sick to give weightage and credibility to the propaganda.

Though the truth later unfolded, the consequences were truly horrifying. The results were hundreds of parents refusing to vaccinate their children. As an outcome, the cases surged, attacks on medics and polio workers were again a routine and the resistance to polio vaccines increased.

The recent case following the Peshawar polio drama that emerged in Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s union council 12 where a six months old minor was declared crippled for life because parents refused to vaccinate.

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The investigations revealed that parents always lied whenever the polio teams visited their house and they also admitted to sending him to a relatives’ house to avoid the vaccine.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s focal person on polio Babar Atta said while polio programme in Pakistan has achieved operational and technical greatness, assuring public trust is the next crucial step.

After taking effective action against anti-polio propaganda content from social media, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to seal seven private schools involved in Peshawar polio drama.

Babar Atta shared it on Twitter:

07 Private Schools responsible for sealed by KP Government moments ago. The management of these schools was found gulity of spreading hate & inciting innocent parents to violence resulting in attacks on Polio teams & mass hysteria – Babar said.

People have lauded and supported the move:

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