The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Anti-polio vaccination drive launched countrywide, ministry

KABUL: Anti-polio vaccination campaign has been kicked off in the country to vaccinate 7.5 million children under five, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement on Monday. The anti-polio vaccination campaign in cooperation with international organizations will continue from January 29 to February 1 and vaccinate 7.5 million children under five in the country, the statement said, adding that efforts are being made to eradicate polio countrywide. 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 disease 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 the 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, and Stomach pain These symptoms usually last 2 to 5 days, then go away on their own. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.