5 new polio cases detected in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Five new polio cases have emerged in the Shinwari Zone and Sherzad districts of eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial public health director said on Sunday.
Najibullah Kamawal was talking at a ceremony marking the launch of a three-day vaccination drive targeting 627,000 children.
“Due to insecurity in Achin, Deh Bala and Kot districts, it would be difficult to administer polio drops to 40,000 children in these areas,” said Kamawal.
Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi, who inaugurated the three-day campaign by giving polio drop to children, said people in insecure areas should vaccinate their children to secure them from being paralysed by the dangerous virus.
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 detected after Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah met philanthropist and Microsoft founder 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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