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Nationwide 5-day anti-polio drive from tomorrow

Nationwide 5-day anti-polio drive from tomorrow

Aug 28, 2016 - 16:35

KABULinfo-icon CITY (Pajhwok): The first round of autumn polio vaccination campaign would kick off nationwide from tomorrow (Monday), but as many as 300,000 children would be missed out due to insecurity, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) said on Sunday.

Third in 2016, the new round of anti-polio drive will target 9.5 million children below the age of five years and 8.5 million children between 9 and six months old would be administered besides polio drops Vitamin-A drops as well.

Studies show vitamin-A drops are beneficial for children’s amino system.

Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, who inaugurated the five-day polio vaccination campaign, said polio workers would go door to door from tomorrow to administer polio drops to children.

He said the vaccination programme would be implemented at a cost of $4 million provided by donor countries.

The minister urged parents, ulemainfo-icon, tribal elders and local representatives to cooperate with the polio workers in making the drive a success.

The minister said 28 positive polio cases were registered in the country last year, but efforts of health officials resulted in a decline of the cases this year.

He said currently polio virus only existed in Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon and efforts were on to eradicate the poliovirus from the country until the end of the ongoing year.

Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, Worldinfo-icon Health Organisation (WHO) representative, said the international community was committed to eradicating poliovirus in Afghanistan by 2016 end with the help of local health institutions.

He stressed all children below five years of age should be administrated poloio drops so that movement of the virus could be curtailed.

According to the Public Health Ministry, 285,000 children in Kunduz, Nangarhar, Kunar and Helmand provinces remained deprived of polio vaccination due to insecurity and lawlessness.



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