The polio vaccination drive initiated by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in many areas was halted and experienced extreme resistance from the public due to rumors. The social media added fuel to the rumors that some children had allegedly suffered reactions, even deaths, because of polio vaccines, leading to refusal rate in thousands.
In the wake of the troublesome and panicky situation for the government, Pakistan fast-bowler, Umar Gul took to the social media platform to educate and encourage people to cooperate with the government officials in this polio drive. Being a public figure, Gul pleaded to not pay any heed to the rumors circulating while adding that he himself has vaccinated his kids.
According to polio team officials, a large number of parents in different areas of Charsadda district refused to have vaccines administered to their children.