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Afghanistan launches polio vaccination targeting 9.9 million children

The Ministry of Public Health of the Afghan caretaker government has launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign.

• May 23, 2022
Afghan kids
Afghan kids used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Children and Armed Conflict]

The Ministry of Public Health of the Afghan caretaker government has launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign.

“The fourth general polio vaccination campaign in 2022 is aimed at vaccinating 9.9 million children under the age of five,” the ministry said on Monday.

The statement said the latest campaign was launched in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It noted that vitamin A capsules will also be given to children aged six months to five years during the nationwide campaign.

So far, in 2022, one positive case of polio has been reported in the Asian country.

Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan are the only two countries where polio cases are reported every year. 

(Xinhua/NAN)

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