Permanent anti-polio taskforce needed in Nangrahar
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor on Tuesday asked UNICEF and Bill Gates Foundation officials to hire a permanent taskforce for supervising anti-polio vaccination campaigns in eastern Nangarhar province.
As many as 28 polio cases have been detected in Nangarhar so far this solar year, with some 35,000 children missing out on polio vaccinations in some districts due insecurity.
Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi during a meeting with UNICEF and Bill Gates Foundation officials asked them to step up their efforts at eradicating the disease from Nangarhar.
He said Nangrahar was a border province and it was necessary that polio vaccines reach every district.
Shan Bacha, a tribal elder in Shinwari district, said polio vaccine could not be administered to children in the district due to insecurity.
He said the best way to ensure that polio drops were given to all children was to hire local people for vaccination because locals were more familiar with the environment and they also had no security issue.
The public health director feared children deprived of polio drops could contact the virus if not administered polio drops.
Dr. Najibullah Kamawal said permanent polio workers would prove effective in eradicating polio from the province. He said a 1,500-humanforce was needed in Nangarhar in this regard.
UNICEF officials assured the governor of their full support in the eradication of polio virus from the province.
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