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President Ghani Emphasized on Nation-Wide Anti-Polio Campaign

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized on fully eradication of polio through a video conference with governors and health officials of Kandahar, Helmand, Nangarhar, Kunar, Paktika and Farah provinces here on Thursday, a presidential statement said.
The president who was speaking from Tawhid national center in presidential palace, called polio a dangerous disease which threatening the lives of children.
“Global consensus existed to fight polio.  Despite our achievements, we still need to do more to fully eliminate pilio from our country,” the president told governors and health officials.
The president also asked the local officials to vaccinate the returnee’s children and instructed Kandahar municipal and other officials to accelerate the polio vaccination campaign in close coordination with religious scholars.
The president also called upon the polio vaccination team to step up its campaign in Turkham and Spin Boldak ports, so that the disease well prevented.
According to presidential statement, the president emphasized for a nation-wide consensus to fight polio, asking health officials as well as in-charges of the ministries of Hajj and Religious Affairs as well as the Ministry to Education to do more and raise awareness among people on implementation of the polio vaccination.
The president also called for facilitation of visa to Bill Gatres foundation members as well as other int’l organizations working for elimination of polio across the globe.
According to another report, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday in meeting with Public Health Ministry officials called for the full elimination of polio across the country, a Presidential Palace statement said.
According to the statement, during the meeting President Ghani listened to the health officials reports on developments and challenges ahead of the polio implementation program.
President Ghani said that challenges must be identified, and remote areas should be considered, and a clear and comprehensive analysis must be done in this regard.
The statement further said that to effectively implement and expedite the polio eradication program, the president has directed the relevant authorities in particular the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) to take serious and urgent action in coordination with local authorities.
At the end of the meeting, Ghani emphasized that relevant administrations and centers and provinces to implement the polio eradication program must use all their facilities in coordination with other relevant department.

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