Pestilence Update

Polio vaccine worker shot dead is third killed in Pakistan this week

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Polio vaccine worker shot dead is third killed in Pakistan this week

Haroon Janjua, in islamabad 26 APRIL 2019 The Independent

Gunmen in Pakistan have shot and killed a polio worker – the third death this week linked to the country’s latest vaccination drive, government officials said.

The latest attack happened on Thursday in the south west city of Chaman, which borders Afghanistan, when two female vaccination workers were targeted as they carried out an immunisation programme.

Nasreen Bibi, 35, was killed instantly, while a 24-year-old woman – named only as Rashida – was seriously wounded.

The attackers are still at large and officials have temporarily suspended the anti-polio drive following the incident.

Rashid Razzaq, an official at the government polio emergency center in provincial capital of Quetta, said: “Two gunmen opened fire on two female polio vaccinators in Sultan Zai village, located about 100km north west of the Baluchistan provincial capital Quetta. Nasreen Bibi 35, died at the spot while Rashida 24 is seriously injured.”

This latest death is the third this week linked with Pakistan’s drive to vaccinate against the virus

Since the programme began on April 23, health workers have been targeted in several attacks in remote areas – leaving others seriously wounded.

Two police officers, who were guarding vaccinators as they inoculated children, were shot dead in separate incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on constable Zafar Ali Jan as he chaperoned a polio vaccination team in the Buner district of northern Pakistan on Wednesday.

While an officer identified as assistant sub-inspector Mr Imran was shot dead in Bannu district on Tuesday. On the same day, another health worker was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon in Lahore, officials said. No arrests have been made.

Muhammad Arshad Khan, Buner’s district police officer, said: “An official of the special police force has been killed in Buner, a search operation from the law enforcement agencies is underway in the area.

“Jan was shot in the head and chest, he died at the spot”.

Polio teams have been given additional security amid serious threats against health workers. 

Vaccinators and their guards are frequently targeted in Pakistan, where Islamist militants and hardline clerics claim government immunisation programmes are a cover for western spies and a foreign agenda to sterilise Muslim children. 

“Police are investigating these cases and the security of the immunisation teams is our primary concern,” said Babar Atta, Imran Khan’s special adviser on polio. “We are committed to eradicating this crippling virus in Pakistan.”

According to the World Health Organization, Pakistan is one of the three remaining countries in the world – along with neighbouring Afghanistan and Nigeria – where polio is still categorised as an endemic viral infection.

Two new cases this week brings the total up to eight in 2019, according to End Polio Pakistan.

Polio vaccines are are eyed with suspicion in Pakistan and are often the subject of misinformation – spread by social media – that immunisation harms children.

Last week, more than 25,000 children were rushed to hospital as a result of panic in north west Pakistan, following the spread of unfounded rumours that a polio vaccine led to fainting and vomiting.

On Wednesday, police arrested Nazar Gul – along with twelve other men – over a video which went viral on social media.

The footage urged Islamic schoolchildren to fake unconsciousness, which officials said formed part of conspiracy to disrupt the polio vaccination campaign in Peshawar.

Last month, the office of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the country’s telecom regulator to take action against those spreading misinformation and rumours on social media about the vaccine.

Two weeks ago, a polio worker was killed by gunmen as he persuaded the parents to vaccinate their children in the volatile Mohmand district, which borders Afghanistan.

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