3 new polio cases emerge in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Three polio cases have emerged in Achin and Spin Ghar districts of eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial public health director said on Sunday.
Dr. Najibullah Kamawal told Pajhwok Afghan News that no anti-polio campaign could be launched in the said districts over the past few months due to the existence of Daesh group, depriving nearly 10,000 children of polio drops. He feared the number of polio patients could increase.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ashraf, in-charge of the vaccination section at the provincial Public Health Department, said two of the new polio cases had been registered in Achin district’s Maktab bazaar area and the third in Spin Ghar’s Mamakhel area. He said a delegation would be soon dispatched to the said areas for further information.
Previously two polio cases had emerged in Achin district and the total number of polio patients reached 12 across Afghanistan this year while 27 cases surfaced last year.
Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only two countries where polio could not be eliminated. A few days ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that African country Nigeria had become polio-free.
The new polio cases in Afghanistan were reported a day after Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah met with Philanthropist and chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
Gates insisted the Afghan government should intensify its campaign against the deadly virus and assured every kind of assistance and cooperation on his part.
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