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Polio virus detected in 11-month-old Kandahar girl

Polio virus detected in 11-month-old Kandahar girl

Aug 16, 2018 - 18:02

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): An 11-month-old baby girl has been diagnosed positive for polio virus in Kandahar province, taking the number of victims to six in the southern province this year.

Dr. Abdul Shakoor Nasrat, immunization program head at the provincial public healthinfo-icon department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the new polio case was registered in Arghandab district.

He said the victim was an 11 months-old girl whose family was opposed to the vaccination.

He said it was sixth positive polio case surfacing in Kandahar this year. He said polio virus continued to exist in Kandahar moving from one area to another.

Nasrat said children in five districts of Kandahar could not be administered polio drops due to insecurity --- a reason behind the rising polio cases.

Shah Walikot, Khakriz, Ghorak, Mianshin and Maruf are districts of Kandahar where polio vaccination could not be implemented for many reasons, he said.

He said the Talibaninfo-icon had created problems for polio vaccination effort in the mentioned districts.

Nasrat said the Taliban wanted a mosqueinfo-icon-to-mosque polio vaccination campaign while the public health policy was it should be implemented house-to-house.

He said many children would be deprived of the vaccine if they started vaccination campaigns through mosques.

Some sources also say the Taliban have banned vaccination campaigns in some districts of Kandahar because they suspect vaccinators linked with the government collect information about their activities.

However, Nasrat urged government officials, the Taliban and the public to help vaccination teams rescue children from being paralyzed by polio.

He said movements of people between Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon in border areas also contributed to the increase in polio virus cases.

Internally displaced people also paved the way for polio virus to infect children easily because of poor sanitation and livelihood environmentinfo-icon, he said.

Last year, 14 polio cases were registered across the country, with half of them (seven) occurring in Kandahar.



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