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- The drive to eradicate polio in Pakistan this week has caused murder, arson, and public hysteria.
- Since most provinces now rely on conservatives and raise the greens' votes, these are interesting times for federal politicians.
- When it comes to protecting people from excessive pressure in the workplace, lessons should be learned from places like Japan and France.
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Osama bin Laden's legacy of poliomyelitis
Vaccinational hesitation identified as one of the greatest threats to global health, but in Pakistan, countering inoculation has become a lethal concern.
A polio government worker was shot today in an ambush in the province of Balochistan, near the Afghan borderand one of her colleagues was critically injured. The attack follows the murders of two police officers earlier this week in the northwest tribal areas of the country as they were guarding the vaccination teams.
The killings led to the death of vaccines in Pakistan at least 95 by the end of 2012.
On Monday, a crowd searches and settles a health clinic near Peshawar, as part of a wider panic over the alleged demolished batch of polio vaccineDoctors and nurses had to find shelter at a local public school, protected by a heroic principle who refused to allow the angry crowd inside.
This week there were rumors in the region of children who became ill after receiving oral doses of the polio vaccine, resulting in more than 40,000 emergency visits for complaints of stomach pain, dizziness and vomiting. However, the Pakistani authorities claim that all symptoms are caused by panic and that tests of nine different batches of the vaccine indicate that it is completely safe.
Pakistan is one of the three countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where the wild polio virus remains endemic. Last year, the country recorded 12 of the 33 world-wide cases of preventable disease that could lead to childhood paralysis and millions of deaths once. So far in 2019, Pakistan has had nine more cases,
Prime Minister Imran Khan's government aims to make the country free of polioand launched a national vaccination pressure that saw more than 262,000 health workers boast across the country this week, protected by 151,000 policemen.
It remains, howevera robust vaccine refractory subset, mostly along the border with Afghanistan, where many join the Taliban rumors about safety and the true purpose of vaccines.
In the past, people say that the polio vaccine contains pork products or the urine of George Bush, and that it is part of a wider conspiracy to turn Muslims into infertility,
There were also assumptions that health workers are in fact foreign spies collecting information about US military bombings and drones.
Such wild tales gained the facts following the disclosure in 2011 of the CIA's attempt to gain access to the hidden hole of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad through a local vaccination campaign.
Inoculations are legitimate and are designed to offer children protection from hepatitis B. The spy agency's plan to collect the used needles and test them for DNA to confirm that he lived in high-strength compounds failed because at that time none of the children were not at home.
The clues, however, brought important information – the name and telephone number of the alleged owner of the property, Bin Laden's messenger and patron. And a few months later a team of US Navy seals organized their invasion of the night, killing the organizer of the September 11 attacks.
Shakil Afridi, the local doctor who watched the vaccinations, has always claimed he was hired by "Save the Children" and he knew nothing about the CIA's plot. (He remains in isolation at a Pakistani prison, is serving a 23-year sentence for his alleged ties to a forbidding militant group.)
Not that it matters to the Taliban, which issued a fatwa in the summer of 2012 specifically prohibiting vaccination against polio. Since then, the group has been campaigning for arson, shootings and road bombings against hospitals, health workers and police escorts.
This terrorist campaign and the general mistrust of vaccines sparked a genuine revival of polio in Pakistan.
By 2014, the country had 327 new cases, and the human-to-human disease was traveling with fighters and their families in Afghanistan, then in Syria and Iraq.
Of course, the link between conspiracies and vaccine fluctuations is not just a problem in Pakistan.
Mostly, now completely discredited paper from 1998 suggesting a possible link between autism and the MMR vaccine, creating a global anti-wak movement, which has led to millions of unvaccinated children and spreading outbreaks of measles, another potentially lethal but easily preventable disease. (For example, the United States has 681 active cases in 22 countries, at most in almost 20 years.)
In fact, opinion polls show that vaccine fluctuation is a far greater problem in European nations than in the Muslim world.
But there seems to be a common bond – fanaticism.
A. a study published in February outlined the power of anti-wacky moods in Western Europe and found it to reflect the rise of populist political movements.
A. a recent book by a Spanish think tank found that supporters of the most militant Islamic parties in Pakistan are nine to 13 percent less likely to be vaccinated by their neighbors.
Since most provinces now rely on conservatives and raise the Greens' votes, these are interesting times for federal politicians, writes producer Ariel Pete-Sowe.
Not often P.E.I. politics is making big news all over the country, but on Tuesday night it was not just the islanders to watch the results of the elections.
The elections call for a trilateral race, with the opportunity to see the country's first party party. Though this did not happen, the election was still historic. The province saw its first minority government in modern history and the Greens formed the official opposition for the first time anywhere in Canada.
With eight locations on the island, these green vehicles join an increasing number of newly elected Greens in Ontario, New Brunswick and BK.
As Eric Grenner notes, this break also leaves the party a bit disappointed and wonders what it could be.
But the question now is whether this will become a vote for the Greens to come in October, and what it means for the liberals and the NDP. What makes this growing fragmentation of voices for Canada's electoral system? Andrew Cohen had some thoughts about it.
Whatever happens after six months with the Greens, PE. is also the newest province that has sunk in blue (remember this card we highlighted in last week's Publishing panel).
This means that, with the exception of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia, most provinces are now inclined towards the Conservative.
It's not an unusual phenomenon to have a federal government from one color and provincial governments to another – to remember what the card looked like when Stephen Harper left.
But we will see how much this blue wave is helping or damaging both the acting government and the official opposition on the eve of the federal elections this fall.
On another note, the tone of P.E.I. The election seemed much more heartfelt than what we had recently seen in Alberta. Look at yesterday's greetings for the prime minister and the leader of the Green Party.
Tonight, we'll be all this in Publishing. Andrew Cohen, Althia Raj and Éric Grenier will join host Rosie Barton.
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– Arielle Piat-Sauve
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"Fatigue" is a matter of perspective
When it comes to protecting people from excessive pressure in the workplace, lessons should be learned from places like Japan and France, writes hard-working maker Anand Ram.
The great irony, not lost by me, is how stressful co-production The NationalBurnout Series: Stress in the Workplace.
Take this evening segment Question: How to prevent overload?
At the heart of the stressful work culture of this country were included several midnight appeals to Japan, talks with researchers and stress and navigating the language division. Let's just say that I can not complain too much, considering how much harder and later the country is doing.
Japanese workers are among the worst offenders for unused rest time – many feel guilty about it. And one researcher told me that white and blue collar workers thought they could not leave the office until the whole team had finished their tasks for the day.
For a country that has its own time-limit for death from overwork – karoshi – then it's surprising that for the first time there are already new legal limits on overtime for large companies. The new law provides for 45 hours of overtime per month and 100 hours of gratuitous assistance during "busy" periods, a reasonable limitation.
But how effective are the limits when the culture of overwork is so deeply rooted?
Tonight The National we are looking at the conditions in Japan, as well as in France, where the protection of workers is much stronger (some may say too much) and what can Canada learn from them when it comes to stress in the workplace.
I hope you will watch because I will be here late to put the piece together (I do not complain).
– Anand Ram
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Quote of the moment
"The core values of this nation, our position in the world, our democracy – all that America has done – are on the table, and that's why I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States."
– Former Deputy Chairman Joe Biden finally enters the nomination race for the Democratic Party, with a sharp blow to Donald Trump,
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Today in history
April 25, 1969: Back to Earth
Angus Cherrington has difficulty in finding enough people who want to "redeem the disgusting soul of their society" through a pioneer-style colony, a deep forest in British Columbia. He tells CBC Take 30 that he only once felt really alive in the most difficult circumstances, such as Arctic expeditions or his role as a SAS employee in Malaya's jungles. Still, where he fails, others flourish, taking advantage of the rebellion to the modern world and counterculture "back to earth" movement.
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