United Nations, July 18 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has thanked Pakistan for taking prompt care of its staff members injured in an armed attack, while working on a polio immunisation campaign in a Karachi neighbourhood.
This incident will not distract from the progress Pakistan is making this year, as the country is closer than ever to (polio) eradication, The Dawn quoted the Geneva-based UN health agency, as saying in a news release.
One WHO staff member and one international consultant were injured in Karachi's Gadap Town, when armed men shot at their vehicle. The two men, however, are in a stable condition now.
WHO is grateful to the Pakistani medical professionals for the rapid and high-quality medical aid provided. WHO is grateful to the Pakistan authorities for launching an investigation into this event, to determine more clearly the circumstances, the UN health agency said.
Incidents like these highlight the incredible bravery of the more than 200,000 mainly Pakistani volunteers who run every vaccination campaign. The vaccinators, social mobilisers and frontline staff are the heroes of this campaign, it added.
Meanwhile, Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed has deplored the incident, and added that the drive towards the eradication of polio would continue in spite of such provocations, said the Daily Times.
The minister said that there are some elements in the country, which do not want that children be immunised against the debilitating disease of polio. He stated that such incidents are also aimed at defaming Pakistan in the comity of nations. (ANI)