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Tuesday January 29, 2019

Kabul (BNA) A 22-month-old girl from Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province is infected by the poliovirus. This is the first case reported in 2019 in Afghanistan.
According to BNA report, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said, “This case indicates that the poliovirus is still transmitting in Kandahar and the South region. This child’s life is now changed forever. It is really sad that she will never walk properly again, therefore I call upon all of you, our Muslim parents, caregivers, community elders and health workers to work together to protect our innocent children against this disease and eradicate polio in our country.”
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure and the polio vaccine is the only safe and effective way to protect children. All children should be vaccinated against polio during each campaign, until they reach the age of five. House-to-house vaccination is the only effective way to achieve polio eradication because it means every child has access to vaccination. This strategy has been implemented in all countries, and has proven efficacy.  However, if parents live in areas where there is no house-to-house campaign available, they should take their children to the local health facility for free polio vaccine.
The polio vaccine is safe, even for sick and newborn children. It is very important these children get the vaccine, because they have low immunity which makes them more susceptible to the virus. Polio vaccination has also been strongly endorsed by national and global Islamic scholars. Currently, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world. There were 21 cases reported in Afghanistan in 2018. Of these, 15 cases were in the Southern region, while 6 cases were in the Eastern region. There is a polio vaccination campaign carried out in the Southern and Eastern Regions of Afghanistan, parents should ensure their children at home and available to be vaccinated.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

GARDIZ (BNA) The implementation of Polio vaccination or paralysis of children begun in Paktia province.
Gul Ahmad Shah Lakanwal head of public health Dept. of Paktia told BNA, in this campaign, 330,000 children under five will be vaccinated.
He added, due to the implementation of the vaccine, health workers are obliged to go to any gateway for the successful implementation of the vaccine.
He called the religious scholars, tribal elders and civil society activists to cooperate the health sectors.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday January 8, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting with the chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized on polio eradication in the country, BNA reported. Thanking the WHO chairman for his support to the country’s health sector, the President said good capacities have come to the Afghan health sector, which is a promising point for the country’s health future. He said full polio eradication was the key matter in Afghanistan. “Despite the WHO has spent high resources for polio eradication in Afghanistan, but many children are still suffering the diseases,” said the President adding more needed to be done in this field.
The President also asked the World Health Organization for more cooperation to improve child and mother health and other fields in the country. Meanwhile, the WHO chairman assured the President of the organization’s continued cooperation for eradication of polio in the country said considering the priorities of Afghanistan, his led organization would continue its cooperation in the health sector of the country.
 

Monday, January 07, 2019

Kabul (BNA) During an extraordinary meeting held on Sunday and attended by World Health Organization (WHO) high ranking delegation and a number of the relevant ministries, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah stressed on implementation of polio vaccination drive in turbulent areas, BNA reported.
Appreciating WHO humanitarian assistances, CE Abdullah asked for further cooperation in this respect.
He added non-contagious diseases are being increased and a solution should be sought for that.
Minister of public health Feruzuddin Fefuz reported that uprooting polio is our priority, adding polio results have been in contrary with our expectation and it shows increase in compare with last year, the agency added.
He also reported that his ministry has signed a health package with WHO and they need financial support to execute that.
WHO chairman vowed to cooperate with Afghanistan in implementation of the health package and would continue its financial assistance.
CE Abdullah also instructed the ministries of rural rehabilitation and agriculture to include polio vaccination campaign within their national programs.
 

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