A mother-son duo of polio volunteers is receiving adulation on Pakistan’s Twitter after the son, Majeed Khan, posted a picture with his mother returning from work on Wednesday. The picture instantly gained traction as netizens voiced their love and appreciation for the duo serving Pakistan’s battle against the poliovirus.
“Me and my mother on way to home back after a hard day of polio vaccination #VaccinesWork,” wrote Khan on Twitter. Twitter users cheered the duo as ‘real heroes’ and extended prayers for them. Khan belongs to Azad Kashmir.
— Mujeeb Khan (@MujeebSudozai) September 22, 2020
Actor Feroze Khan also offered salutations to the mother-son duo working hard to vaccinate children. He wrote: “Salute !!” while commenting on the picture.
– Salute !! https://t.co/yNIO2soF3Y
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) September 22, 2020
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) had informed that Pakistan will vaccinate more than 40 mil children with the help of more than 260,000 vaccinators that will go door to door to vaccinate children in a nationwide campaign from Sept 21st to Sept 25th.
Polio workers in Pakistan confront multiple challenges, including threats to their lives, and resistance from parents to vaccinate their children. Volunteers in far-flung areas often have to overcome rough weather and difficult terrain to commute to villages in a door-to-door campaign.
Thank you for the important work you, your mother and many others like you do. May you stay safe and on top of your game.
— Tazeen (@tazeen) September 22, 2020
Hence, these polio workers receive extraordinary appreciation from people and government authorities. Last year, Pakistan had nominated a polio worker to attend a World Health Assembly held annually in Switzerland.