The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Anti-polio vaccination drive kicked off in Kandahar

KABUL: A three-day Antipolio vaccination drive has been kicked off in the country’s southern province of Kandahar, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement the other day. Aimed at vaccinating 600,000 children under five, the campaign has been started across the province, the statement said. During the campaign scores of doctors and thousands of health workers would give the immunity doze against crippling virus to children under five in the province, the statement added. Positive polio cases in the war-battered country, according to the statement, have reached nearly ten. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a disabling and life-threatening dis ease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a person’s spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body). Most of people who get infected with poliovirus will not have any visible symptoms. About 1 out of 4 people (or 25 out of 100) with poliovirus infection will have flu-like symptoms that can include: Sore throat, Fever, Tiredness, Nausea, Headache, Stomach pain These symptoms usually last 2 to 5 days, then go away on their own. A smaller proportion of people with poliovirus infection will develop other, more serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord: Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with poliovirus because it can lead to permanent disability and death. Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die, because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe. Even children who seem to fully recover can develop new muscle pain, weakness, or paralysis as adults, 15 to 40 years later. This is called post-polio syndrome. Note that “poliomyelitis” (or “polio” for short) is defined as a paralytic disease. So only people with the paralytic infection are considered to have the disease. Javed Husain

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.