Updated on 26 May 2015
An anti-polio drive was suspended in Pakistan's Quetta city because the authorities failed to provide adequate security to polio administration teams, as reported by media on Friday.
"After appropriate security was provided by the administration, the anti-polio drive would be likely to be re-launched on the next day", said a source from the department of Balochistan Health.
In the past, polio teams have been attacked in Quetta and as well as in the other parts of Balochistan. "There were polio samples in the Quetta environment and we fear that there might be more polio cases in Quetta", said a source.
In November 2014, the gunmen attacked an anti-polio team in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area and have killed four polio workers which even included three women volunteers.
With the support of UNICEF and other organization, the Balochistan health department in Quetta have aimed to administer polio drops to more than 4, 00,000 children below the age of five years during the ongoing campaign. Recently, the campaign's first phase was launched in 18 union councils.
"Soon, the second phase will be launched in different parts of Quetta", said Mr Safir Rehman, Coordinator of Campaign Emergency Centre.
During 2015, three polio cases have been reported from Balochistan's Killa Abdullah, Loralai and some few Quetta areas. Currently, there are plans to organize a anti-polio campaign in Zhob, Sherani, Lasbella and four other districts of the province. The provincial government has decided to provide anti-polio drops to more than 1.3 million children in these districts.