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Helmand child contracts polio despite receiving drops



Helmand child contracts polio despite receiving drops

Apr 02, 2016 - 16:55

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Despite receiving polio drops seven times, a child has contracted polio in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.

Public Healthinfo-icon Department official Dr. Abdul Ahad Hazim told reporters in Lashkargah that the polio case had been registered in Barang Karezinfo-icon area of Nawzad district.

“The child had been administered polio drops seven times, but still he contracted the disease,” he said, adding the child was above the age of five years. “We are trying to know how the virus remains in his body.”

He said it was possible the infected child had a weak immune system. Dr. Hazim said anti-polio vaccination campaigns were underway in various districts of Helmand.

However, he said the vaccination had been suspended in areas where clashes were underway and would be resumed once the clashes came to a end.

To a question, Hazim ruled out corruption in the anti-polio campaign because the process was being monitored by the government, the Talibaninfo-icon and health workers. He acknowledged the conflict had somehow affected the anti-polio struggle.

Sardar Mohammad, a resident of Nawzad district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that vaccination took place in their area, but he did not if all the areas were being covered.

He said the Taliban were not creating problems for polio vaccinators in Nawzad. The Taliban currently rule the town.

Last year, a positive polio case surfaced in Garamsir district.



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