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Near 6 Million Children to be Vaccinated Against Polio: Ministry

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Monday, December 16, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with the WHO and UNICEF to launch the last round of Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) for polio eradication in the country in the year 2019, before it ends, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. “This round of SNIDs will be implemented in two phases, targeting 5.9 million children under the five years in 198 high polio risk districts of 21 provinces throughout the country,” the ministry said. The campaign will be implemented between 16-20 Decembers and continued for five days in all regions of the country including south and west regions.
“Since there has been a very recent Polio positive case response campaign launched in southern region, therefore, this region will be covered during 23 and27 December, 2019.” “Although the Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with its national and international partners, is striving to eradicate polio, but the security challenges and reaching all under five years’ children in the country are two major obstacles to make Afghanistan a polio free country,” Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health said as quoted in the statement, urging all conflict parties and stakeholders in the community to pave the ground for immunizing every under five-years child against this crippling disease, because the only way for protecting the children from polio and to eradicate this virus is to vaccinate every child for five years in every round of the campaign. According to the ministry, all under five years of age children should be taken to the vaccination teams or nearest health facility to be immunized against polio with two drops of vaccine, including those children, who have already been vaccinated in previous campaigns. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world that continue to report polio cases. As of 14th December 2019, there are 24 polio cases reported in Afghanistan (9 from Uruzgan, 5 Helmand, 4 from Kandahar, 2 from Paktika, 1 from Kunar, 1 from Nangarhar and 1 from Baghlan provinces) and 101 polio cases reported from Pakistan.

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