Mehsud tribe boycotts anti-polio campaign till construction of a bridge over the stream
- More than 50 cases of polio have been reported across the country this year alone.
- Shamankhel clan of Mehsud tribe from Bangiwala village in Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan has announced the boycott of the anti-polio drive.
- The residents demand the construction of a bridge over the stream near their village.
Pakistan, the country that is already confronted with socio-cultural impediments to end the prevalence of polio from the country and to get it declared polio-free like many other countries of similar socioeconomic standing have done, is faced with yet another lame excuse this time around in the form of an announcement of a boycott of the anti-polio vaccination campaign that will, reportedly, start by August 26.
More than 50 cases of polio have been reported across the country this year which is really alarming when compared with the figures of polio cases reported over the past two years and the majority of the victims hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the place of dual victory for the newly emerged mainstream political party.
Shamankhel clan of Mehsud tribe from Bangiwala village in Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan has announced the boycott of anti-polio drive in protest of government’s failure to construct a bridge. The residents demand the construction of a bridge over the stream near their village.
The lack of a bridge facility causes great inconvenience for the residents as they need to cross the stream to reach the educational institutions, markets, and the workplaces located on the other side of the stream.
The situation gets even worse when the stream gets overflow of water and the people face a breakdown in communication to the other side of the stream. Dawn reported that the tribesmen said they would boycott the anti-polio campaign due to the government’s apathy towards the plight of residents.
A local to the area told that the absence of a bridge over the stream the children are forced to miss their school adding that some pregnant women died due to lack of access to medical facilities mainly because of consistent delays in crossing the stream. Another tribesman was quoted as saying that he had to lose his job because of travel constraints that his family suffer due to lack of a bridge.
According to the media reports, in such another incident several tribal leaders from South Waziristan, months ago, boycotted the anti-polio drive and demanded from the administration to fulfill their demands of the provision of cellular network and electricity to the tribesmen.
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