This post was edited by expatter at 2012-12-19 23:06|
This is my own personal opinion on this topic ………
In the sleepy hinterland town of Abbottabad the CIA was looking for proof that Osama Bin Laden was there and decided on a ruse to collect DNA from people living there to secure a sample linked to Bin Laden via his children. To that end a doctor was enrolled (Shakil Afridi) in the sting to gather DNA from the locals and this was done under the banner of ‘vaccinations’. The operation was an alleged success culminating in the assassination of Bin Ladin. The repercussions of that US action have shown in the ISI’s (Inter-ServicesIntelligence Agency) distrust of the CIA and additionally paranoia in the community regarding any further immunization programmes.
Pakistan is one of three countries including Afghanistan and Nigeria in the world where Polio is still prevalent and the UN had hoped to eradicate this disease from the planet within the next few years. However, the sting operation on Bin Laden has led to the deaths of UN workers conducting vaccinations in Pakistan as people have come to see these as CIA spy operations. In the last few days there have been shootings of many health workers in Islamabad, Karachi and other cities and eight are reported dead already. The upshot of this is that if health workers will not be able to continue to do this vital work then Polio will make a come-back in that region. The UN aim was to administer to 5 million children a simple drop of vaccine given orally, but the campaign has now been put on hold and the risks are that Polio will start to rebound just as it was being defeated.
The US may well celebrate the supposed demise of Osama Bin Laden, but as with many things in our world it is the poor and vulnerable who pay the real price, and the new mistrust created against UN vaccination programmes may well result in the deaths of hundreds of innocent children and health workers in an already impoverished country. Moreover, and more sadly a controllable disease may well blossom again for years to come when the war against it was winning. Whatever happens it will be a win for the US pharmaceuticals companies who always seem to win no matter what.