Thousands of children miss polio vaccine in Paktika due to insecurity
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Thousands of children could not be administered polio drops due to insecurity in southeastern Paktika province, residents said on Friday.
Syed Gul, a resident of Waza Khwa district, told Pajhwok Afghan News thousands of children were deprived of polio vaccination due recent violence in the district.
He said the roads connecting Waza Khwa, Terwa and Wor Mami districts with the provincial capital, Sharana, had been closed as a result of insecurity, thus preventing polio vaccination teams from visiting the districts.
He said landmines had been planted on the roads to districts and the government should clear the roads from the explosives.
Similarly, refugee families from Pakistan’s Waziristan tribal region in Barmal district of Paktika said their children had not been administered polio drops so far.
One of the refugees, Sifatullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The year is about to end, but so far no vaccination drive has been carried out in the refugee camp.” He urged the authorities concerned to give polio drops to their children.
But Public Health Department official Dr. Azeem told Pajhwok Afghan News vaccination teams had been sent to all districts of the province. “I will investigate why the teams did not travel to Waza Khwa and Barmal districts,” the official said.
Meanwhile, deputy public health director Dr. Ibrahim told Pajhwok Afghan News they had not received any information about children missed out in recent vaccination campaigns, but said the matter would be investigated.
Public health officials say no positive case surfaced in Paktika during this solar year that ends on March 21.
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