MoPH confirms new polio case in Paktika’s Birmal district
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new polio case has been confirmed in southeastern Paktika province, taking the number of cases detected across the country during the current year to eight, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Monday.
Announcing results of the final investigation of the two most recent incidents that were initially diagnosed as polio in the preliminary testing, the ministry said the case in Birmal district was positive.
It was genetically linked to a virus from Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region, whereas the case found in Kabul was confirmed negative, a statement from the ministry said.
This brings the total number of polio cases to eight in Afghanistan in 2016. In response to the transmission in Paktika, two supplementary immunization activity (SIA) campaigns have been conducted.
The National Immunization Day is planned for October 17 to administer oral polio vaccines (OPV) to children along with de-worming tablets for those below five years of age.
Afghanistan remains one of the last three polio-endemic countries in the world. The Ministry of Public Health and partners continue efforts towards polio eradication.
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