In the midst of the campaign, around 40 children from a school in Mashokhel village were brought to a hospital with complaints of diarrhea, nausea and headache. Medics at Lady Reading Hospital said most of the children brought there were fine.
The private schools and colleges of the provincial capital on Tuesday refused to allow vaccinators to administer anti-polio drops to students on campus citing the alleged adverse reaction by vaccination in a local school as the reason.
Concerned parents then rushed their children to hospitals despite them suffering no side effects, according to an AFP reporter in the city of Peshawar. It was reported that at least 700 schoolchildren fell sick after polio vaccination in Peshawar causing an attack on a hospital in city by angry mob. However, a recently released video elaborated the propaganda against the polio vaccine.
Despite efforts, Pakistan has not been able to completely eliminate polio.
He informed that they have tested the latest batch of the polio drops and nothing hazardous was found in the vaccine. Moreover, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had taken notice of the incident and directed to launch investigation into the matter.
Peshawar Deputy Commissioner constituted a committee to probe the alleged vaccine reaction.
"The government should stop sending anti-polio teams to educational institutions for their safety", he said warning the relevant officials will be held responsible in case of any mishap.
The vaccine had been checked by the health experts and was found safe and effective, he said. He added that for safe and healthy future of the children, all parents and guardians should ensure vaccination of their children with OPV during the campaign.