Afghanistan Launches Polio Vaccination Campaign in High-risk Districts

The ongoing insurgency and conflicts have been hindering government efforts to curb the infectious disease in the war-torn country

A child being provided with the polio drops during the drive.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry on Monday launched a polio vaccination campaign in 179 high-risk districts.

The campaign will cover 5.4 million children under five years, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying.

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A health worker gives polio vaccine to a girl in Lahore, Pakistan. VOA

The campaign will continue till January 25 in the west, central and southeast regions and from January 28 to February 1 in the south and the east regions.

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The ongoing insurgency and conflicts have been hindering government efforts to curb the infectious disease in the war-torn country as more than 20 polio cases were detected in 2018. (IANS)