The government of Pakistan may have the right idea in how to deal when it comes to the problem of parents refusing to have their kids vaccinated. Hundreds of parents were arrested in Northwest Pakistan and put to prison on charges of putting at risk public security after ignoring the government orders to have their kids vaccinated against polio, officials said Monday.
The will power that the authorities is showing, is something that other countries could emulate to protect their citizen. What is happening in the U.S. during breakouts is that, the disease takes long to contain and a lot are being infected because of the refusal of some of its citizen in having their children vaccinated.
Police did not arrest parents this past weekend if they agree to have their children vaccinated, said Shakirullah Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar.
Four hundred seventy one individuals were incarcerated in the city including those in the suburbs by government orders Feroz Shah, a spokesman for the district administration in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said.
Although government authorities have made sporadic arrests on previous occasions for polio vaccination refusal, but massive arrests such as this is rarely done.
“This is the first time such drastic action was taken,” Shah said. “This shows determination of the government to eradicate polio.”
Polio is endemic in Pakistan, one of the three countries in the world to have that distinction. Last year, the nation was reckoned to have the most number of polio cases reported. The disease flourished after the Taliban outlawed vaccinations and arrested medical health workers. There are also beliefs among some Pakistanis that vaccinations will sterilize their children.
Pakistan’s vaccination drive is highly remarkable. Approximately thirty five million children were vaccinated last January in a countrywide drive. Smaller campaigns are held from time to time. The authorities have made security arrangements for the protection of the vaccinators.