Syed Ali Shah: 

In Chaman, a border town rife with tension, the fight against polio has encountered significant obstacles, primarily stemming from the prolonged sit-in opposing the introduction of travel documents. This resistance not only hindered the polio campaign but also underscored the broader challenges faced in administering health initiatives in volatile regions.

A Levies Personnel Tasked With Guarding Polio Team Fell Victim To Torture

The leaders of the sit-in openly opposed the polio campaign, exacerbating the already fragile situation. Shockingly, a levy’s man tasked with guarding the polio team fell victim to torture by local residents, reflecting the depth of resentment toward the campaign.

Amidst continued border closures and a lack of interest from the administration, the efficacy of the polio campaign in Chaman suffered. Election preparations, spearheaded by senior administration officials, diverted attention and resources away from the vital task of polio eradication in the Balochistan province.

ACs And DCs Focused On Elections

Assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners found themselves inundated with myriad responsibilities, including ensuring the security of candidates and maintaining peace during the elections. Unfortunately, this preoccupation overshadowed efforts to prioritize the polio campaign, leaving it at the mercy of competing agendas.

Amidst these challenges, it is crucial to acknowledge the tireless efforts of polio workers, particularly female workers, who braved harsh weather conditions and societal taboos to administer polio drops to children. Their dedication and resilience in the face of adversity deserve commendation.

Sustained Efforts Coupled With Robust Oversight

It is imperative that those in positions of power in Islamabad listen to the voices of local staff who are on the front lines of the battle to make Balochistan polio-free. Sustained efforts, coupled with robust oversight at the district and provincial levels, are essential to overcoming the complex challenges posed by both militant opposition and administrative neglect.

Police, Levies Sacrificed Their Lives

Tragically, the sacrifices made by police and levies personnel, as well as the hardships endured by female polio workers, underscore the urgent need for concerted action to ensure the success of the polio eradication campaign in regions like Chaman.

As the international community works towards eradicating this crippling virus, it must not overlook the unique challenges faced by communities on the front lines of the battle against polio. Only through collective effort and unwavering determination can we hope to achieve a polio-free future for all.

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