'The one-storey health clinic in Masho Khel had for more than three decades cared for the sickly children, expectant mothers and ailing elders who turned up at its gate each day.
In a village of few amenities, the residents had for the last 35 years at least been sure of basic care from the blue-and-white building.
That role in generations of village life was not enough however to save it from a mob of 350 people one day last month.
The clinic's crime was to be a base for local vaccination workers and a neighbourhood symbol of Pakistan's part in the worldwide campaign to eradicate the crippling polio virus.
Enraged by false reports on social media that polio drops had made their children ill, the mob ransacked and then burnt the centre, leaving only a derelict shell.
The attack on April 22 came as long-festering suspicions and propaganda about the worldwide vaccination campaign boiled over across northern Pakistan in a heady mix of fear and wildfire rumour.
Yet the scale of last month's panic highlighted how divisive the vaccination programme remains to some, despite years of public education, and also how it continues to be used as a focus of extremist propaganda. Anti-vaccine disinformation on social media has made the situation worse, officials say. They are particularly worried how the suspicion appeared to have spread from the illiterate rural poor and even gripped middle class families.
"The mistrust in one segment of society, that refuses vaccinations due to religious beliefs, is translating into the rest of the country, which is something not seen in the past," Babar Atta, the government's top coordinator in the drive against polio, said earlier this week.
Masho Khel, a short drive from Peshawar, had long had a small, but hard core of parents who refused to accept polio drops. Pernicious rumours, spread by religious hardliners, that the drops are a Western conspiracy to sterilise children and cut the Muslim birthrate had taken stubbornly taken hold here as they had across Pakistan. The spectre of the Dr Shakil Afridi case also remained. Dr Afridi worked with the CIA to set up a fake vaccination programme to confirm Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hiding place by collecting DNA samples door-to-door. His programme, which saw him jailed for 33 years for treason, has cast a pall of doubt over all vaccinators in the minds of some.'#
Read more: Arson, panic and anti-vaxxers: The vaccination scare which threatens the global war on polio