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Taliban hampering polio eradication efforts: Gates

Taliban hampering polio eradication efforts: Gates

Mar 26, 2019 - 09:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Microsoft founder has blamed Afghan Talibaninfo-icon leaders for impeding at eradicating the crippling poliovirus.

Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon, however, must continue goal out to bring down polio cases to zero, Bill Gates said in an interview with Reuters.

The war conflict and power struggles in Afghanistan hampered progress in eradicating the paralyzing disease, he said, adding: "The big issue there is always with the Taliban."

In 2018, 16 polio cases were detected in Pakistan and 23 in Afghanistan. Nigeria is another country where the disease is still endemic.

"We've got to get Afghanistan and Pakistan to zero. We need government donors to stay committed," the philanthropist stressed.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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