Left-out children to get polio drops in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Polio drops would be given to children earlier missed in previous campaigns in various areas of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.
The routine immunisation is carried out in all districts of Nangarhar, but some villages in Pacheragam, Haska Mena, Kot, Achin and Nazyan districts are left out due security concerns.
Launching a four-day polio vaccination drive here, provincial public health director Dr. Najib Kamawal told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 700,000 to one million children would be administered polio drops during the campaign.
“Some 15,000 children are left out in routine immunization in a number of areas in five districts, however the left out children will be given polio drops this time in cooperation with tribal elders and religious scholars.”
Seven positive polio cases had surfaced in the Shinwari zone last year, when about 60,000 children were missed. However, no polio case was defected this year.
“In the entire eastern zone, only three cases are registered in Kunar province and we are trying to prevent the transfer of the poliovirus through the polio vaccination campaign,” Dr. Kamalwal said.
He said one million children would be covered during the four-day anti-polio campaign in the eastern zone.
Religious scholar Maulana Fazl Rahim urged families to administer polio drops to their children.
“There are children who are paralyzed because they were denied polio drops. The vaccine has no problem from Islamic point of view.”
A resident of Achin district, Navid Shinwari, said there were some areas in the district which had been missed during immunization campaigns over the past many years.
“We are aware the government has launched efforts in coordination with tribal elders to implement polio campaign in insecure areas. We hope the process will be intensified.”
He said the Shinwar zone was located near some areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province across the Durand Line, where positive polio cases had increased.
Earlier, health officials in Nangarhar had said the poliovirus is transferred from Pakistan into Nangarhar.
They had said teams have been tasked with administering polio drops to children crossing the border into Nangarhar from Pakistan.
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