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Three-day polio vaccination drive begins

Three-day polio vaccination drive begins

May 02, 2011 - 14:28

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A three days polio eradication campaign covering 7.8 million children under five years got under way across Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon said.
With support from the Worldinfo-icon Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children's Funds (UNICEF) and donor communities, the ministry will administer Vit-A tablets to 7.8 million children.
A statement from the ministry said 52,376 of its workers and volunteers would administer polio vaccine to 7.8 million during the campaign that provided an opportunity for families to get their children vaccinated.
While urging citizens, health workers and partners to support the effort at vaccinating children over the next three days, the ministry said it was determined to achieve the goal of eradicating the crippling disease from Afghanistan by 2012.
Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil asked families in all 34 provinces to make sure their children received the vaccine. "Polio immunisation is an essential way of safeguarding children's health, and preventing this crippling disease."
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