‘Afghanistan, Pakistan committed to eradicate polio’

KABUL (Pajhwok): Marking the World Polio Day, Nangarhar Governor Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel and Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Governor Shah Farman in a joint ceremony at Zero Point in Torkham crossing vaccinated polio drops to children. Addressing the impressive...

5-day nationwide anti-polio drive from Monday

KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-day anti-polio campaign will begin tomorrow (Monday) nation-wide, targeting around 9.1 million children under the age of five years, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Sunday. The campaign targets 9.1 million...

Taliban reverse ban on anti-polio drive in Uruzgan

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have allowed health 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...

New polio case detected in Uruzgan: MoPH

KABUL (Pajhwok): A new polio case has emerged in central Uruzgan province, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Wednesday. A statement from MoPH, said a two and half years old child had tested positive, the child has been paralysed forever...

3rd new polio case surfaces in Helmand

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A third polio positive case has surfaced in Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday. Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Ahad Hazem told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had earlier banned polio...

Pak, Afghan ulema to join hands for polio eradication

KABUL (Pajhwok): Noted religious scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan will attend a conference on polio eradication In Muscat, UNICEF says. The main objective behind the event is to support polio eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the UN...

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

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The governor of central Uruzgan province says polio cases would increase if the Taliban do not allow vaccination to children. Governor Mohammad Shafiq Asadullah Sayeed made the remarks after a new polio case was detected in...

5-day anti-polio drive begins in high risk areas

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health on Monday launched a five-day polio vaccination campaign targeting 5.4 million children below the age of five years in 179 districts of 17 provinces. A statement from the Ministry of Public Health said...

Poliovirus detected in 3-year-old Uruzgan boy

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): A new polio case has been detected in the Charchino district of central Uruzgan province, taking the number of total polio cases to 18 nationwide this year, an official said on Wednesday. The poliovirus was diagnosed in a three-...

Polio virus detected in 11-month-old Kandahar girl

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): An 11-month-old baby girl has been diagnosed positive for polio virus in Kandahar province, taking the number of victims to six in the southern province this year. Dr. Abdul Shakoor Nasrat, immunization program head at the...

Tens of thousands of Kandahar kids to miss polio drops

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A three-day polio vaccination campaign was launched in southern Kandahar province on Monday, but children in five districts could not be administered the drops due to certain reasons. Shah Walikot, Khakrez, Ghorak, Meyanshin...

New polio case detected in Helmand

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Around 600,000 children would deprived of anti-polio vaccination due to security problems in southern Helmand province where a new polio case has detected, an official said Monday. The views were expressed by Helmand public...

4-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign kicks off

KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned about the presence of poliovirus in parts of the country, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday launched a four-day nationwide vaccination campaign involving 68,000 volunteers.

Anti-polio drive targeting 1.1m kids begins in east

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting 1.1 million children in eastern provinces kicked off on Monday in Nangarhar province, where 8,000 children missed the vaccine in previous drives.

Alarm bells: Kandahar records 7th polio case this year

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A 17-month-old boy has been tested positive for poliovirus in southern Kandahar province, taking the number of polio cases so far this solar year to 14 nationwide. The provincial Public Health Department director told a...

Ghani orders focus on challenges in anti-polio drives

KAUBL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called for full eradication of polio, saying all challenges in this regard particularly in remote areas should be identified and focused on. A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted the...

Another Nangarhar child tests positive for polio

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): An eight-month-old child has been tested positive for poliovirus in the Momand Dara district of eastern Nangarhar province, taking the number of positive cases nationwide to 10. The baby boy, Ali, had frequently received anti-...

Japan to help Afghan kids fight polio, other diseases

KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan announced $17.7 million for life-saving vaccines for children and promoting rural development in border areas of Afghanistan under an agreement signed on Monday. The relevant agreements was signed at the Embassy of Japan in...

Anti-polio campaign launched in eastern zone

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): No positive case of polio has been detected over the past two years in Nangarhar but the risk has increased as people frequently travel through the province to Pakistan . Public health officials expressed the views during the...

Number of children missing polio drops declines in Nangarhar

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The number of children previously missed out on polio vaccination has decreased in eastern Nangarhar province, the public health director said on Monday. Dr. Najibullah Kamal was talking a day after a three-day nationwide anti-...