Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Helmand begins administering IPV to eradicate polio

Helmand begins administering IPV to eradicate polio

Oct 05, 2015 - 18:23

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Officials in southern Helmand province on Monday said they had started administering the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) to children for the first time.

Public Healthinfo-icon Director Dr. Anayatullah Ghafari told a gathering held in this regard here that before polio drops would be given to children only, but they would now be administered the PPV injections as well as part of the new polio campaign.

He asked people to bring their children to nearby health facilities for the injections.

They have trained 120 persons who would administer the new vaccines to children at 66 health centres, immunity department head at the public health department, Dr. Abdul Ahad Hazim, said.

“The new Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) would be administered in three phases. Twice to children aged 2.5 months in drop forms and for a third time through injection when these children reach the age of one year,” he said, adding the injections had good results worldwide.

Experts say though it does not kill the virus, IPV enhances the immune system of a child against the disease if he or she is already hosting the virus

“Polio vaccination is only difficult in areas where the war is going on,” Dr. Hazim said, adding:” neither the government nor the Talibaninfo-icon prevent the vaccination, but only war prevents the campaign.”

Since March 22, 2015, one positive case of polio was surfaced in the Khanshin district of Helamnd, he said.

On September 30, Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz formally introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into the schedule of routine vaccinations programme for all children under the age of one year.

The campaign is part of the Afghan government’s ongoing efforts to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization. The vaccine is now available free of charge at all health facilities in the country.


Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.



Twitter Update