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Taliban reverse ban on anti-polio drive in Uruzgan

Taliban reverse ban on anti-polio drive in Uruzgan

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Oct 14, 2019 - 17:14

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants have allowed healthinfo-icon officials in Uruzgan province to vaccinate children against polio disease in areas under their control, reversing an eight-month old ban.

The Taliban lift ban on anti-polio campaign in Uruzgan after eight polio positive cases surfaced in the province this ongoing year.

Uruzgan public health director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel today inaugurated an anti-polio campaign in the province targeting nearly 200,000 children.

He said the house to house campaign would be implemented in areas under government control and by clinics in areas under Taliban’s control.

The Taliban allowed the campaign after banning it for the last eight months, he added, adding the positive cases surfaced during the past few months.

Uruzgan Deputy governor Sayed Sadat Naseri also expressed concern over the eight polio cases recorded in the province in recent months.

He asked the Taliban not to create problems for anti-polio drive and let health workers give polio drops to every child.

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