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    13 polio cases detected in Helmand, Kandahar & Farah

    KABUL (PAN): Thirteen cases of polio have been detected in Afghanistan's three provinces, President Hamid Karzai has said. The disease has been eliminated from the rest of the country.

    In a biweekly radio address to the nation on Thursday night, the president said the headway had been made as a result of efforts by Afghan health institutions and international organisations.

    His office said the polio cases were reported from Farah, Helmand and Kandahar provinces, where anti-polio campaigns could not be successfully conducted because of insecurity.

    Karzai urged tribal elders, parents and religious scholars in the three provinces to help the authorities in administering polio drops to children below five years of age.