Foreign militants hamper anti-polio drive in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Officials in northeastern Badakhshan province on Tuesday said foreign militants fighting alongside Taliban did not allow vaccinators to administrate polio drops to children.
Public Health Director Dr. Noor Mohammad Khawari said at the launch of a three-day polio campaign that 20 families of foreign militants had settled in the Khastak locality of Jurm district.
He said the arrival of foreigner militants from Pakistan in different areas of Jurm and Yamghan districts had caused more polio cases besides sparking fear of the virus spread.
Dr. Syed Farooq Nasar, senior medical official at the department, said the polio vaccination campaign would continue for three daysacross the province. As many as 255,000 children below five would be administered polio drops by 2,000 volunteers.
Due to insecurity, polio teams could not cover some areas of Jurm and Yamgan districts. But the deputy police chief, Col. Sakhi Dad Haideri, said police would cooperate with polio teams to make sure that every child was vaccinated.
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