Pakistani Polio workers hailed as heroes for continuing work during snow
LAHORE (92 News) – Pakistani polio workers have been hailed a “hero” by social media after a video of them treading through the heaps of snow during a frigid weather went viral.
According to the reports, a viral video showed that polio workers making their ways through the piles of snow in the harsh, cold winter to vaccinate a newborn in their fight to eradicate the epidemic from the country. The viral video is highlighting the dedication and absolute will of the polio workers to make the country altogether polio free.
The video has come across where it can be seen that a brave polio worker is seen walking through inches of snow towards his destination with a box on one of his arm. The walk is difficult for him – but it’s his courage and commitment for his profession which is perhaps taking him forward.
After watching viral video, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Pakistan praised the commitment of polio workers by adding a picture on their twitter account with caption:
“Pakistan s polio workers travel long distances to make sure that every child is protected from polio, no matter where they live in Pakistan.”
Pakistan’s polio workers travel long distances to make sure that every child is protected from polio, no matter where they live in Pakistan.#Pakvspolio #ForEveryChild #RightToHealth #PakFightsPolio Photo via @pakfightspolio #VaccinesWork #PolioWorkers pic.twitter.com/BSINGV92IL
— UNICEF Pakistan (@UNICEF_Pakistan) January 27, 2019
After the UNICEF tweet, twitter users sharing a story of how Pakistani polio workers in his area were continuing to work despite severe weather.
Polio teams work through out the year to protect your child against polio and it is to their tireless efforts and unmatched dedication to which we owe our progress. Thank you to our heroes – our polio workers. #endpolio pic.twitter.com/0dYZtUz9dr
— Pak Fights Polio (@PakFightsPolio) January 26, 2019
A country – where a number of Pakistani polio workers have been assassinated, female workers have reportedly been subjected to harassment – but the fight goes on, and rightly so.
Plz take a moment to appreciate the hard work of Pakistan’s #polio workers in District Batagram. Pakistan is 1 of the 3 remaining countries where polio is still categorized as an endemic viral infection, with 8 cases in 2018.
Via Amjad Ali Khan #BeautifulPakistan @EndPolioNow pic.twitter.com/XwoxTsEia9
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) January 25, 2019
It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan is still a polio-endemic country in the region. Sadly, it is one of the three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.
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