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WHO Suspend Polio Field Work in Pakistan (UNICEF)

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Posted by on Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:48
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The UN children’s agency UNICEF and the World Health Organisation suspended work on campaigns against polio in Pakistan Wednesday after a series of attacks against workers.



UNICEF spokesman Michael Coleman told AFP the two organisations halted polio work in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Tuesday after attacks in Karachi and Peshawar, but extended the suspension nationwide after fresh bloodshed on Wednesday.

A supervisor of the anti-polio campaign and her driver were killed in the third attack on staff of the anti-polio campaign in Charsadda on Wednesday. Polio workers were also attacked in Peshawar and Nowshera,

On Tuesday, four female workers of the anti-polio campaign were killed in Karachi while a 14 year old volunteer was killed in Peshawar.

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