Declare polio emergency in Pakistan: Sherry

Ex-minister suggests punish for those who refuse anti-polio drops to children

ISLAMABAD – Former federal minister and senior Pakistan People’s Party leader Sherry Rehman has urged the government to penalize those who refuse the administration of anti-polio drops to their children.

On Sunday, Sherry wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter that the government should consider declaring polio emergency in Pakistan. “As four more polio cases take up Pakistan's total to 88, the govt should consider a polio emergency, penalizing vaccine refusals.”

It is pertinent to mention here that many people in Pakistan are refusing the anti-polio vaccination to their children. Scores of Pakistanis have been distrustful of anti-polio drives, fearing they were a plot to sterilize them.

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