Peshawar arrests 500 parents for refusing to immunize children against polio

Staff Report

PESHAWAR -- The Peshawar district administration on Sunday (February 12) decided to arrest more than 500 parents who refused to vaccinate their children against polio, The Express Tribune reported.

About 5% refusal cases were reported among 800,000 targeted children across the city during seven-day polio immunization campaign that ended Monday (February 13), Assistant Commissioner (AC) Peshawar Altaf Ahmad Sheikh said.

Those parents who refused to have their children vaccinated against the debilitating disease will be arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Law, district administration decided at the meeting.

We tried our best to convince parents to vaccinate their children but now arrests would be the option of last resort to save the children from permanent disabilities, Sheikh said.

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