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Japan Assists $ 13m For Anti-polio Drive In Afghanistan

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Wednesday December 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The government of Japan has assisted $ 13 million to eradicate polio and other diseases through vaccinations across Afghanistan.
The document of this financial assistance of Japan was signed in a ceremony by the Japanese ambassador to Kabul Hero Takashi and Peter Koroli UNICEF representative in Afghanistan in presence of Dr. Suraya Dalil Minister of public health.
This assistance will be used in the coming 12 months for the purpose of eradication of polio in Afghanistan.
The Japanese ambassador noted that his government is always striving to assist prevention of polio spread in Afghanistan.
He added that we are closing towards eradication of polio in Afghanistan and the world and we of course need for common efforts and sustainable strengthening of our efforts for bringing about of the last endeavors for eradication of this disease.
Dr. Suraya Dalil Minister of Public Health appreciating the sustainable cooperation of Japanese government and people said the mortality rate of Afghan children and their inability as a result of preventive diseases is not tolerable and this is the responsibility of all to support these efforts.
She added that Japan is the biggest donor of the government of Afghanistan in health sector and we are thankful of their generous assistance and continued commitments in this respect.
The UNICEF representative in Afghanistan while receiving this assistance of Japan said that there is need for organizing of campaigns including the day of vaccination.
He pointed out that we need strengthening of the polio vaccination campaigns throughout Afghanistan and the government has realized these needs throughout its generous assistance.
The aim of this project is to reduce mortality rate of children through increasing of immunity measures of daily vaccination campaigns.
It should be said that during the current year 34 positive cases of polio were recorded at the country level and most of the cases were witnessed in Helmand and Kandabar provinces that indicate a reduction compared to the past year.
Last year 80 positive cases of polio were recorded in Afghanistan.

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