Local health workers tried again Sunday, this time led through Siddaqui’s Muslim neighborhood by a local cleric, one of scores of community leaders volunteering for an anti-polio campaign in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.
온라인카지노 attacking the nervous system. The disease can cause paralysis and deformation or be fatal.
Three years ago, India almost wiped out the disease after an intense nationwide vaccination campaign, but a combination of factors — including illiteracy and superstitious beliefs — kept many children from receiving immunizations.
Nearly three-quarters of new polio cases in Uttar Pradesh were in Muslim families, said A. K. Mishra, the top bureaucrat in the state’s health department.
Nearly 25 million people live in Uttar Pradesh, a majority of them poor and illiterate.
In the past, banners and posters were put up in villages warning Muslims against allowing health workers into their homes. Propaganda spread that polio vaccines were a form of sterilization and a Western ploy to reduce the Muslim birth rate.
On Sunday, clerics and community leaders appeared on local television channels, urging Muslim families to vaccinate their children.
“Polio drops are safe and do not affect the health of your children,” said Khalid Rashid, also a cleric, in a television appeal made in Urdu.