Polio also known as Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children, younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus as compared to any other age group.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), one in 200 polio infections will result in permanent paralysis. However the disease has been eradicated to a greater extent but still its present in some countries.
In Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa some people think that Polio is Haram [religiously prohibited] and causes infertility among women. That’s a ludicrous claim that ignorant religious clerics make against Polio. In fact, if someone wanted to spread a virus of infertility among women then it could have been done easily using Panadol tablets and other commonly used medicine.
Therefore, it’s obligatory on every responsible citizen to dispel the false notions attached to Polio vaccines and encourage people to vaccinate their children against polio.
Mujeeb Baloch – Turbat
Published in The Balochistan Point on April 23, 2015
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