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Peshawar hospital set on fire after parents panic over vaccine

Doctors say their children are not sick, just panicked

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 22, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Apr 22, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

A mob attacked and set fire to a small hospital in Mashokhel, Peshawar Monday over panic that dozens of children had fallen sick after what people said was the administration of an anti-polio vaccine.

Residents of the area gathered at the gate of the Basic Health Unit Ayubkhel to stage a protest. Demonstrators broke the gate of the clinic as well as its walls and stormed inside. The mob ransacked the property and set it on fire. The police reached the scene and dispersed the mob. Operations SSP Zahoor Afridi said that people grew agitated after rumours spread about the vaccine, which was administered at a private school in the area.

"The situation is now under control," he said.

Someone who saw these developments unfold told SAMAA Digital that at around 9am, polio eradication teams visited a private school to vaccinate the school children. Following the vaccination, the school principal complained that some children got sick. A doctor and the polio eradication officer in the area examined the children and declared them to be alright.

The parents were informed and took their children to the hospital. A Hayatabad Medical Complex spokesperson told SAMAA Digital that they received 78 children from two different schools of Mashokhel and all of them were in stable condition. "Doctors have examined them and they are all fine but panicked," the spokesperson said, adding that parents and attendants with the children were not cooperating with the doctors.

Related: Polio campaign halted in South Waziristan after Khasadar protest

News of the incident spread and people gathered around the BHU to protest. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Governor Shah Farman directed the health department to conduct an inquiry.

Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Coordinator Kamran Afridi issued a statement saying that the polio vaccine is administered to millions of children in every polio campaign in the country without any adverse effects reported. He said that reports that children from two private schools in Peshawar have fallen sick due to the vaccine are false as the children are said to be in stable condition.

The lots of the vaccine have been checked by health experts and have been found safe and effective, he said, adding that the vaccine lots have been swapped and used in other areas and have been are found effective with no adverse effects.

The anti-polio drive started April 22 across the country and will run till April 24.

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  1. Naim  April 22, 2019 9:07 pm/ Reply

    I think they won’t require the services of a hospital, that is why they go rid of it. So please do not bother them with a BHU again.

  2. Anonymous  April 22, 2019 9:15 pm/ Reply

    Things you have described are totally changed and manipulated. You havent seeb those child.

  3. Anne  April 23, 2019 12:07 am/ Reply

    Are these people barking mad? First of all the parents or else hadn’t their facts right at the time of attack on hospital. Do these crazy people not understand that hospitals are built to treat a range of ailments? They should be deslth with in accordance with the law – if there is any law there. I just stumbled upon this article by chance – simply couldn’t believe what I was reading.

  4. Bea Pea  April 23, 2019 8:31 am/ Reply

    I believe the parents. The government and the medical establishment are of course going to down play the harm these vaccines have done. End Vaccine Lunacy. Anyone who does their research on vaccines and still vaccinates their children are lunatics. Stop forcing pharmaceutical products on your citizens.

  5. 1.618  April 23, 2019 5:12 pm/ Reply

    …Speechless…not just at the article, but some of the comments

  6. eCharleen  April 24, 2019 4:56 am/ Reply

    Yes… where are comments from parents? Would like to hear their stories. Very one-sided story.

  7. Believe the Parents  April 26, 2019 10:54 am/ Reply

    My friend was working with the UN campaign for polio eradication in Pakistan. 22 children died during the campaign from the “immunization.” It’s the same falsification and omission of data that happens in the West. When he tried to leave the campaign, he was threatened. This is global medical tyranny. I’d also bet that this article is omitting what is really happening to the children. The CDC hasn’t even determined that vaccines are safe and effective, so how could these officials determine that? Look one Merck’s inserts. Section 13.1 of every insert says it’s not been tested for safety.

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