WHO workers are shot at during vaccination campaign in Pakistan

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4951
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization has insisted that the polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan will continue despite an armed attack on two workers on 17 July.

The two men, a WHO staff member and an international consultant, were in a stable condition after their vehicle was shot at in the city of Karachi. A WHO statement said there was “no evidence to suggest that this was a deliberate or targeted attack against polio eradication efforts or WHO.”

The statement continued: “This incident will not distract from the progress Pakistan is making this year, as the country is closer than ever to eradication.”

The incident happened during the country’s National Immunisation Days, between 16 and 18 July, …

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