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3 polio cases in Uruzgan due to families’ denial: Governor

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3 polio cases in Uruzgan due to families’ denial: Governor

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Mar 31, 2019 - 19:53

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The governor of central Uruzgan province says polio cases would increase if the Talibaninfo-icon do not allow vaccination to children.

Governor Mohammad Shafiq Asadullah Sayeed made the remarks after a new polio case was detected in Charchino district, the third in the town.

He said the Taliban should allow the house-to-house polio vaccination drive otherwise it would produce bad consequences.

The governor said three positive cases had been detected in Charchino district alone over the past few months mainly because their families denied vaccine to their children.

He said not only hurdles to the vaccination drive should be removed but a wide-ranging public awareness campaign should also be launched.

Sayeed called on religious scholars, elders and all influential figures to take concrete steps toward administering anti-polio drops to children below five years of age.

Provincial Public Healthinfo-icon official Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said the infected children’s families showed a strong opposition to giving polio vaccine to their children.

He said whenever volunteers visited their homes for administering polio drops, the children’s families threatened them.

He said most of the infected children happened to be sons or relatives of local Taliban commanders.

He said efforts were underway to facilitate every polio vaccination drive in all areas of the province. He said around 1,600 volunteers had so far administered anti-polio drops to 200,000 children in the province.

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