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IEA making efforts to root out polio in Afghanistan, Hanafi

KABUL: The Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, in a meeting, with Sanjay Wijesekera, Regional Director of UNICEF, said that the Islamic Emirate has been committed to rooting out polio in Afghanistan, Arg said in a statement on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the Acting Public Health Minister Dr. Qalandar Ebad and the Head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Chris Elias, the statement said. Appreciating the support and cooperation of the Islamic Emirate in the distribution of humanitarian assistance with UNICEF to the deserving people in Afghanistan, Sanjay Wijesekera assured that the organization was committed to continuing its operation, particularly, in the health sector and providing the needy people with necessary facilities, according to the statement. “Afghanistan and Pakistan are those countries with positive cases of polio, and we are making efforts to root out polio worldwide and for rooting out of the polio we need the cooperation and coordination of all countries,” the statement quoted Sanjay Wijesekera as saying. Asking necessary cooperation of the Islamic Emirate in the eradication of polio in the country, the Head of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Chris Elias said: “We have always been committed to eradicating polio across the world.” He added that now security has been ensured in Afghanistan, causing that we launch the antipolio vaccination campaign in this country, and in cooperation with all international health organizations we will urgently work towards rooting out the disease worldwide. Commending the efforts and activities of the organization in the country, Mawlavi Hanafi said that lots of development has been made in various fields over the past two years, the statement added. “Overall security has been ensured countrywide, administrative corruption has been eliminated, narcotics cultivation and production have been prohibited and tens of thousands of drug addicts have been rounded up and treated countrywide,” the statement quoted Hanafi as saying. He added that the Islamic Emirate will not spare any efforts and cooperation in the elimination of polio in the country, asking the health organization to establish health facilities in the remote areas of the country. Javed Husain

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.