Polio Volunteer Killed in Pakistan

Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert S. Scott concerning a volunteer vaccinator who died during the recent National Immunization Days in Pakistan:

“On behalf of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, I would like to express our sincerest condolences on the death of the Pakistani volunteer vaccinator killed 16 October in Quetta, Pakistan.

“We have learned that on the afternoon of 16 October, this young man was shot and killed during the country’s National Immunization Days for polio. He was not a Rotarian.

“The victim’s survivors will be supported through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Heroes Fund. This fund is administered by the CDC Foundation and heavily supported by Rotary.

“Rotary and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are deeply saddened by this incident, which further underscores the heroic efforts of more than 200,000 Pakistani volunteers and health workers, all of whom work under difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions to protect children from the devastating effects of
polio.”