Anti-polio health workers face violence, suspicion in Pakistan

 

 

 

However, that is changing. A series of attacks have been made against those administering polio vaccines in the country. At the end of May, gunmen opened fire on female health workers going door to door on an anti-polio drive near the Pakistan city of Peshawar. One worker was killed instantly, the other died later of injuries. The shooting is the latest in a series of health worker attacks, blamed on militants.

A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 4, 2012. (Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP/dapd)

A local health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan