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No polio case surfaced in Nangarhar in 14 months

No polio case surfaced in Nangarhar in 14 months

Dec 12, 2016 - 15:13

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local public health officials on Monday said no positive polio case has been recorded in eastern Nangarhar province during the past 14 months.

Nangarhar public health director, Dr. Najibullah Kamawal, said this while launching an anti-polio campaign in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

He said more than 650,000 children would be vaccinated in Nangarhar and about a million children in the eastern zone during the three-day campaign.

The general situation in eastern provinces, particularly Nangarhar, was good compared to last year as no polio case had surfaced during the past 14 months, Kamawal added.

He said threats posed by militants to anti-polio campaigns had decreased and the number of children previously deprived of vaccination reduced from 75,000 to 15,000.

Kamawal said the anti-polio campaign could not be implemented in Parando, Gurguri, Kasona, Awghaz, Lagharjo, Shadal Bazar and Dakhal Nazian areas of Pachiragam, Haska Mena, Kot, Achin and Nazian districts.

On the other hand, Nangarhar Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Mualvi Abdul Zahir Haqqani, said anti-polio vaccination was legitimate from Islamic perspective. He urged families to vaccinate their children.

He said he had sent letters to all imams in districts to support vaccinators and encourage people to vaccinate their children.

Eight polio cases were registered in Afghanistan last year, with four surfacing in Nangarhar alone.