Locals burn Peshawar hospital after staff denies anti-polio drops sickening

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PESHAWAR: Protestants broke down the main gate and set fire in a local hospital on Monday after the staffers denied anti-polio drops being the reason behind the sickening of children.

Residents staged a protest outside the Mashokhel Hospital in Peshawar and damaged the property.

At least 75 schoolchildren reportedly felt their health worsen after they were administered anti-polio drops at their school and were brought to the hospital for first aid.

Hayatabad Medical Complex spokesperson said the children are stable and that they complained of dizziness.

“There can be no reaction to the anti-polio vaccine. The vaccine was not expired and the condition of all the children is normal,” Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator Kamran Afridi said.

Afridi further said, “Doctors also said the children did not get a reaction from the vaccine. There are parents in Masho Khel who do not want to administer the drops to their children and they could have felt sick owing to other reasons.”

A countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children under five years of age was initiated on Monday, aimed to target 39 million children in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.