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209 polio awareness workers dismissed in Khost

209 polio awareness workers dismissed in Khost

Mar 07, 2020 - 15:08

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Khost province on Saturday said they were deeply concerned about the removal of 209 polio awareness program workers in the province.

They said if the public awareness programs about polio virus were stopped, the process would face multiple problems.

These public awareness workers had been appointed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Afghanistaninfo-icon in Ali Shir, Spira and Garbaz districts of the province.

Ahmadullah, a resident of Ali Shir district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he feared polio cases could increase if vaccination was not done properly, urging the authorities concerned to think about their children future.

Hafizullah, a resident of Gurbaz district, told Pajhwok that the dismissed public awareness employees had been providing vital information to people about the poliovirus and their removal would possibly impact the process.

He said, “If public awareness programs are stopped, it may lead to increase in polio cases in future.”

Meanwhile, Public Healthinfo-icon Hospital Director Dr. Habib Shah Ansari also expressed his deep concern over the dismissal of such employees, saying efforts were underway to address the issue soon.

He said, “The public awareness program will possibly be resumed with some changes, but we will not allow children to enter Khost from outside without implementation of polio vaccination.”

On the other hand, Sayed Kamal Shah, UNICEF polio program spokesperson, said the awareness employees were dismissed last month due to financial issues.

He appreciated efforts and works of the mentioned workers, adding UNICEF awareness programs were underway in Afghanistan.


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