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Paktika residents want their kids given polio drops

polio-campaign-in-afghanistan-e1434297800260-615x3002xSHARANA : Residents of some districts in southeastern Paktika province have urged public health officials to administer polio drops to their children.

The demand for polio vaccination comes after six positive cases surfaced in the province.

Public health director Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim on Sunday launched a polio vaccination campaign that would target children in Warmami and Barmal districts.

Dr. Ibrahim said the residents of the two districts had contacted them to call for giving polio drops to their children.

He said six positive polio cases had been registered in the province and local residents were being approached to allow polio drops to their children as part of an awareness campaign.

He said the newly-launched vaccination programme would target 200,000 children below the age of five years. The children included 9160 children of refugees from Pakistan’s Waziristan region and 500 children of Kuchi tribesmen.

Mohammad Rasoul Adil, a representative of the governor’s house, urged local residents to help make the vaccination drive a success. He also urged polio workers to ensure that not a single child was missed out.

Mir Wali, whose three-year-old son was administered polio drops, said now all people knew benefits of polio vaccine and everyone wanted their children to be given the drops. -Pajhwok


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