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70pc Uruzgan children missed during polio drive

70pc Uruzgan children missed during polio drive

Nov 27, 2019 - 19:04

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Due to Talibaninfo-icon’s ban on anti-polio vaccination, around 70 percent children were missed in recent vaccination campaigns in central Uruzgan province, officials said on Wednesday.

A three-day polio vaccination campaign targeting 50,000 children in stable areas of the province was launched here by Public Hospital Director Dr. Khan Aghan Miaklhel.

Dr. Miakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News vaccinators faced more problems after Taliban militants banned anti-polio vaccination in areas under their controll.

He said around 140,000 children could not be vaccinated in stable areas for the past few months and thus eight positive polio cases emerged during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon.

He said before the Taliban ban, they vaccinated about 200,000 children but now the number had decreased to 55,000. He said if the ban was not lifted, it would produce bad consequences in future.

Governor Asadullah Sayeed expressed his concern over the Taliban ban on house to house ant-polio vaccination.

He urged Taliban militants to allow vaccination groups to implement the house to house vaccination campaign in the province.

He also called on influential figures, tribal elders and Islamic scholars to cooperate with the government in removing hurdles to anti-polio vaccinations in the province.

Sayed Rasoul, a resident of Gizab district, told Pajhwok since long vaccination groups had not visited their area. He demanded resumption of vaccination to their children.

The Taliban only allow polio vaccination in mosques and clinics.


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