240,000 children miss anti-polio drive

Islamabad  – A top Unicef official says as many as 240,000 children have missed UN-backed vaccinations against polio because of security concerns in tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. Dr Nima Saeed Abid, acting Unicef chief for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan, says health workers have not been able to immunise children in Waziristan regions since July 2012.
Nima said Friday that 15 health workers have been killed in the anti-polio campaign in Pakistan since July 2012.
Pakistan is one of the few remaining countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where polio is rampant. Up to 58 cases were reported in Pakistan in 2012, down from 198 in 2011.