2nd round of nationwide anti-polio drive begins
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second round of a nationwide anti-polio winter campaign targeting 9.5 million children below the age of five years began on Monday.
The campaign was launched by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in cooperation with UNICEF and the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) in the whole of the country.
Public health minister Firozuddin Firoz, talking to a special ceremony marking the launch of the campaign in Kabul, said: “We launched this national struggle today through which children under five years of age would get anti-polio drops.”
Besides vaccination of 9.5 million children, pills for anti-stomach worms would be also given to the children, he said.
Firoz said Afghanistan was in a right position to prevent the paralysis and his ministry was currently working to identify children missed in previous anti-polio vaccinations.
Most areas in Afghanistan are currently free from polio and the Afghans are responsible to work together for full eradication of the disease, he said.
Firoz said seven positive cases of polio have been registered in Kunar, Kandahar, Helmand and Paktika provinces this year.
He asked parents to give polio drops to their children to help improve their immune system against the disease.
Shafiqullah Stanikzai, ACB executive chief, said the board was cooperating with MoPH in eradication of polio in the country.
“Our cricket players also campaign through video and audio clips and posts for implementation of polio drive in the country,” he said.
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