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J Pak Med Assoc. 2014; 64(6): 694-696

University students perspective on polio vaccination ruse or realistic need for Pakistani children?

Masood Ali Shaikh, Anila Kamal, Irum Naqvi.

Polio vaccinators and law enforcement officials protecting
them, have been killed in the line of duty since 2012 in
Pakistan. This study was conducted to determine the
opinions of university students in Islamabad and
Rawalpindi, regarding the importance of polio
vaccination, and the role of international donor agencies.
Nine hundred forty-six students participated in this study;
833 (88.1%) students thought that polio is a public health
problem in the country, and 815 (86.2%) thought that
polio vaccination prevents polio in children. About a
quarter of respondents thought that Pakistanis as well as
non-Pakistanis working for either international nongovernmental
organizations or United Nations agencies
are spies working for the Western governments or their
spy agencies. An appalling 300 (31.7%) respondents
replied as either affirmatively or 'don't know' to the
question whether killing of polio vaccinators is justified.

Key words: Polio, Vaccination, Pakistan.

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