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Anti-polio campaign launched in eastern zone

Anti-polio campaign launched in eastern zone

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Sep 25, 2017 - 13:46

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): No positive case of polio has been detected over the past two years in Nangarhar but the risk has increased as people frequently travel through the province to Pakistaninfo-icon.

Public healthinfo-icon officials expressed the views during the launch of an anti-polio campaign in the eastern zone on Monday. They said 9,000 children were still deprived of polio drops in Nangarhar province.

Public Health Director Dr. Najibullah Kamawal said 700,000 children in Nangarhar and 1.2 million in all four eastern provinces would be administered polio drops during the campaign.

He said polio cases had been found in Nangarhar and children left out of the campaign were still suffering from the crippling disease.

Frequent movements of people through Nangarhar to Pakistan is an issue that has raised concerns about the prevalence of polio virus in the province, according to the official.

Although no case had been registered over the past two years, there were concerns children could contract the virus, if lefy out of the vaccination campaign, Kamawal said.

He added 9,000 children on four districts of the province were still deprived of the polio drops.

Due to security threats, the drived could not be implemented in the Pangaz area of Achin, Oghaz and Papin areas of Haska Mina, Maman Dara area of Achin and Dwa Khuli area of Nazian.

Meanwhile, Information and Culture Director Awrang Samimdad said it was the responsibility of media to present public awareness programmes about the benefits of the anti-polio vaccine. He also called on parents to vaccinate their children.

Tor Payki, a womeninfo-icon affairs department worker, also asked mothers to ensure their children administered polio vaccines.

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