Polio campaign launched in Afghanistan, target of 91 million children vaccinated
Kabul, IANS. Polio campaign has started in Afghanistan. The Afghan Public Health Ministry on Monday launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign targeting 91 million children under the age of five, reports Xinhua. Due to inclement weather, anti-polio campaign will not be carried out in Bamiyan, Dayakundi, Ghor and Badgi provinces.
The campaign has been launched after 29 cases of polio were reported in Afghanistan last year. Extremism and conflicts are hampering efforts to curb infectious disease in the mountainous country. 12 lakh children will not be vaccinated from inaccessible areas.
Parents do not get their children vaccinated for fear of Taliban
In Afghanistan, officials say parents refuse to vaccinate their children for fear of being targeted by the Taliban. The Taliban fear that medical teams may be used to control it in the region.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world where polio is not eradicated. While the WHO is going to declare Nigeria as polio-free, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been continuously reporting new cases since 2018.
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According to a statement, Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio cases are reported every year. In 2019, 117 polio cases were reported in Pakistan and 26 cases in Afghanistan.
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Afghan and Pakistani officials say that the majority of the reported cases come from the border between the two countries, mainly in ethnic Pashtun areas. For years, militants in the area have often targeted vaccination teams.
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