Taliban ban polio vaccination in Ghanikhel
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): In reaction to government’s move to ban pillion riding in the Ghanikhel district of eastern Nangarhar province, the Taliban on Wednesday impeded a polio vaccination campaign, the director of public health said.
Dr. Najibullah Kamawal told Pajhwok Afghan News the district had been without a vaccination drive for the last three months. About 30,000 children below five years of age are yet to be administered polio drops.
“The government has slapped a ban on pillion riding in the district and in retaliation the Taliban have banned the vaccination drive there,” he added.
Haji Akbar Khan, a local elder in the district, said that polio campaign had hit a snag for quite some time in the area but the government was not willing to reverse the tide.
He said the district had been in grip of insecurity and deteriorated law and order since the presidential and provincial council elections.
Pasoon Shinwari, a resident of the district, said militants did not allow the vaccination campaign in the district and the government should work out a strategy to ensure it.
Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal acknowledged militants had banned the campaign and said efforts were on to kick-off the drive. But the Taliban have not yet commented on the issue.
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