Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, November 20th, 2017

Drive to Vaccinate Near 7 Million Kids from Today

Drive to Vaccinate Near  7 Million Kids from Today

KABUL - A Sub-National Immunization Days (SNID) campaign is being launched Today (Monday) to vaccinate over 6.8 million children under the age of five year against polio in high-risk districts in 27 provinces around Afghanistan.
A statement from the Ministry of Public Health said it was launching the campaign together with WHO and UNICEF in all southern and south-eastern provinces.
It said most districts in the eastern region as well as had been selected as high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city. The campaign will also be carried out in Kunduz province along with four bordering provinces as a response to a polio case that was reported from Dasht-i-Archi district in March.
“The most recent polio case from Kunduz, a 14-month-old girl, highlights the urgency of making sure that every single child under the age of five is vaccinated during every campaign, everywhere in Afghanistan. We must all play our part in ensuring that our children are healthy and stay protected from polio,” said Minister of Public Health Dr Ferozuddin Feroz.
During the campaign, over 52,000 trained polio workers will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday, polio teams will re-visit households to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected.
All caregivers who miss having their children vaccinated should visit their local health centre where the vaccine is available free of charge.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas.
Three polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand, one from Kandahar and the most recent one from Kunduz. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015. (Pajhwok)