Polio vaccination in Pakistan: Attacks, immunisation and protests

Three workers in a polio eradication campaign were shot in Pakistan on Wednesday, and two of them were killed, the latest in an unprecedented string of attacks over the past three days that has partially halted the UN-backed campaign.

The United Nations in Pakistan has pulled all staff involved in the campaign off the streets.

The government said immunisation was continuing in some areas without UN support although many workers refused to go out. Women health workers held protests in Karachi and Islamabad.

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar.

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar. – Photo by AFP

A woman from the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association draws crosses over an anti-polio drive poster, signalling a boycott of the ongoing campaign due to security concerns.

A woman from the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association draws crosses over an anti-polio drive poster, signalling a boycott of the ongoing campaign due to security concerns. – Photo by Reuters

Bushra Arian, head of the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association, shouts slogan during a protest against the killing of anti-polio drive campaign workers.

Bushra Arian, head of the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association, shouts slogan during a protest against the killing of anti-polio drive campaign workers.– Photo by Reuters

A Pakistani health worker marks an infant after immunisation with anti-polio drops an infant in a Christian colony situated in the slums of Islamabad.

A Pakistani health worker marks an infant after immunisation with anti-polio drops an infant in a Christian colony situated in the slums of Islamabad. – Photo by AP

A worker of an anti-polio drive shouts slogans during a protest rally organized by the Vaccinators Welfare Association against the killing of her colleagues in Karachi.

A worker of an anti-polio drive shouts slogans during a protest rally organized by the Vaccinators Welfare Association against the killing of her colleagues in Karachi. – Photo by Reuters

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar.

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar. – Photo by AFP

A Lady Taking Paly Card Saying THAT Why THE Goverment is Sleeping,Innocent People ARE Killing?

Pakistani polio vaccination workers shout slogans against the killing of their colleagues during a protest in Islamabad. – Photo by AP

Pakistani polio vaccination workers shout slogans against the killing of their colleagues during a protest in Karachi.

Pakistani polio vaccination workers shout slogans against the killing of their colleagues during a protest in Karachi. – Photo by AFP

A Pakistani injured polio worker is treated at a local hospital in Peshawar.

A Pakistani injured polio worker is treated at a local hospital in Peshawar. – Photo by AP

A policeman takes part in an operation against the suspected killers of anti-polio workers in Sohrab Goth area in Karachi.

A policeman takes part in an operation against the suspected killers of anti-polio workers in Sohrab Goth area in Karachi. – Photo by Reuters

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