Polio vaccination drive kicked-off in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The seventh round of polio vaccination is kicked-off on Sunday in secure areas of southern Helmand, a health official said.
Dr Abdul Ahad Hazem, a health official, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 5,000 vaccinators would administer polio drops to 800,000 children of five years. “We have also started polio vaccine campaign in areas under Taliban’s sway but we can’t send our volunteers to areas where fighting rages on,” he added.
The government and militants had reached an agreement that children under the age of five would be vaccinated against polio and no one would create hurdles to halt vaccination drive.
One of the children was polio affected in Khanshin district who remained under investigation since then, Hazem noted.
Wahidullah, a resident of Musa Kala district, said vaccinators were not willing to administer polio drops to children in insecure areas.
Baran, another resident of Nad-i-Ali district, demanded vaccination in his area since there was no fighting. He demanded the children should be vaccinated on time.
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