The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Every Afghan should take part in ending polio in Afghanistan, minister

Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says a polio vaccination drive is being implemented in the eastern region of Afghanistan, which includes Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, and the plan is to inoculate 1.2 million children. Since Jan 2023, five cases have been registered in Nangarhar province. According to local officials in Nangarhar, about 835,679 children under five years of age would be vaccinated in the province during the four-day drive in the eastern zone. Local officials in the country’s east and the Expanded Programme on Immunisation have urged parents, tribal elders and religious scholars to fully cooperate with volunteers. According to local officials, five positive cases of polio have been recorded in Nangarhar this year; therefore, with the cooperation of the people and launching continued anti-polio drive, more such cases will be prevented. The country’s ministry of public health says around 400,000 children would be vaccinated in Kunar, Nuristan and Laghman provinces during the campaign. Five positive cases have been detected in Behsud, Batikot, Nazyan and Dur Baba districts of Nan   garhar province this year. In 2020, a total of 56 polio cases caused by wild poliovirus type 1 and more than 300 cases of cVDPV type 2 were reported. So far, in 2021 one case caused by wild poliovirus type 1 and 23 cases of cVDPV type 2 have been reported in predominantly inaccessible areas of the country. The global polio eradication program has identified Pakistan, Afghanistan, parts of Somalia and Yemen as areas where outbreaks are very difficult to control. The respective countries are considered as complex countries as they are prone to be affected by repeated polio outbreaks with fragile health systems. It is said when there is an outbreak in these countries, the neighboring countries are affected because of international spread but also distant international spread. Currently, Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only 2 polioendemic countries in the world. The government, WHO, UNICEF and health partners are urgently calling for a combined effort to ensure safe access to vaccinate all children in difficult and challenging areas. Every Afghan has a role to play in ending polio in Afghanistan. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.