ISLAMABAD: While the polio program achieved a major success in removing the anti-polio content of social media, two more polio cases were reported on Friday by the Pakistani Pakhtahkhwa, following which the Taliban reached its current 15th birthday.
Immunization campaigns have suffered from anti-waxers who launched a campaign on social media across the globe claiming the vaccines are a number of diseases and should not be admitted to children.
In Pakistan, a malicious campaign has also begun, which not only explains vaccines, Haram, but also said it made children impotent.
To twist the situation, Prime Minister Focal Persian on Polio Babar, Atta a few months ago, Pakistan operated telecommunication authority (PTA), chairman Amir and Bemaqa, and asked him to play his role in removing the anti-polio content of the social media.
According to an official correspondence, the PTA was proactively identifying and reporting anti-vaccination content on different social media platforms. So far 174 links have been blocked out of which Facebook removed 130, Twitter 14 and YouTube blocked 30 links.
According to an official statement from the National Polio program on Friday, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the anti-vaccination content has been removed. They have also shown warnings to users.
The content is spreading misunderstanding about the anti-polio campaign while discouraging the citizens from vaccinating against the virus.
Mr ATHAA said: "Facebook's global regulatory and happy administration teams have assured Pakistan of its cooperation in its fight against polio during a video conference."
He added: "Facebook has started removing propaganda material, including pages, as per their rules and policies. Pakistan appreciates Facebook's support in eradicating polio in the country."
The statement stated that the Polio program will continue to work closely with Facebook International to identify and advise against the users who spread cunning propaganda material.
The press release said parents were refusing due to misconception available on social media especially on Facebook about the polio vaccine emerging as the main obstacle to achieving the goal of eradicating the cripple disease in the country.
Pakistan has made excellent achievements in eradicating polio, but the vaccine's safety concerns have led to an increase in the number of parental refusal cases reported by children as lacking in immunization campaigns.
It said Pakistan's polio iradication program was in close contact with Facebook policymakers and its legal team for the removal of malicious content.
"This content is intended to ensure harm and violence against polio workers and can still prevent the program from covering children with vulnerable children and their subsequent immunity to the polyovirus.
The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Friday confirmed two more cases of BANUU, Ciber Pakhunkhuva.
A lab official who was not authorized to speak on record, said Don, the first child infected with polyovirus is a six-month-old girl.
"Her sample was collected on April 18 and the virus's incubation period is up to three weeks so it is confirmed that the child is paralyzed by polyovirus," he said.
"The second child is a boy of eight months and his pattern was collected on April 26," he said.
So far in the current year, 15 polio cases have been reported. Last year, 12 cases were reported, while in 2017 the number of polio cases was only eight.
During the current year, six cases were reported by the CP, four tribal districts, three from Punjab and two from Sindh.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries where Polio is not eliminated.
Published in Don, May 11, 2019