18 December 2012

The World Health Organization and UNICEF join the Government of Pakistan in condemning the multiple attacks that have killed health workers.

At least six people working on a polio vaccination campaign were reportedly shot dead in several locations in Pakistan on Monday and Tuesday- Gadap, Landi, Baldia and Orangi towns of Karachi city, Sindh Province and Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Further reports released today state that two more workers have been killed and others badly injured.

Those killed were among thousands who work selflessly across Pakistan to eradicate polio.

The Government of Pakistan and the affected provinces have temporarily suspended the vaccination campaign due to concerns over safety of health workers.

Such attacks deprive Pakistan’s most vulnerable populations – especially children – of basic, life-saving health interventions.

We call on the leaders of the affected communities and everyone concerned to do their utmost to protect health workers and create a secure environment so that we can meet the health needs of the children of Pakistan.

We express our deepest sympathy to the families of the health workers who were killed or injured. We remain committed to supporting the Government and the people of Pakistan in their efforts to rid the country of polio.