PESHAWAR: Rejecting the reports that anti-polio vaccine had caused at least 700 children in Peshawar to fall ill, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan on Monday termed it rumor adding, “The government will launch an inquiry against the people involved in spreading rumors against polio vaccine.”
Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, the health minister said that 250 children were brought to Hayatabad hospital and the medical reports of all the children were normal. He said that miscreants spread rumors to fail the anti-polio drive in Peshawar.
On the occasion, the provincial health minister himself took the polio vaccine to restore public confidence.
The minister said that the polio vaccine was verified from World Health Organization (WHO) and urged the people to get administered their children the vaccine to save their future and health.
Hisham Inamullah said that action should be taken against the schools, from where the false propaganda started. He said that these school had refused to cooperate with the polio teams in the past.
Clarifying that complaints of headache and abdominal pain among the students, the minister said it was caused by panic and psychological reasons.