Taliban Militants’ Attacks On HCWs In Pakistan Creating Regional Vulnerability To Polio
New York Times: The Taliban’s Reign of Terror
“Militant gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan in late November, deepening the government’s struggle against an outbreak of the disease that is threatening neighboring countries. … The Taliban vows to kill any parent or worker involved in vaccination. Dozens of health care workers have been murdered in the last two years by militants. The disease has spread deeper into neighboring Afghanistan, and experts warn it could threaten India. The Pakistan government has tried broad countermeasures, including a mandate that departing travelers be vaccinated at anti-polio stations along its borders. But the Taliban’s campaign has left parents and health workers wary and the population vulnerable to a dread disease” (12/1).