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156,000 children being given polio drops in Paktika

156,000 children being given polio drops in Paktika

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Nov 14, 2016 - 17:47

SHARANA (Pajhwok): After six positive polio cases surfaced in southeastern Paktika province, an anti-polio drive was launched on Monday targeting children belonging to Pakistani refugee families, an official said.

Over the past one year, thousands of families from Pakistaninfo-icon’s north and south Wazirstan migrated to Barmal district, Public Healthinfo-icon Director Dr. Mohammad Azim told Pajhwok Afghan.  

During the one year period, children could not be administered polio drops and the immunization campaign was launched after six children were diagnosed with the virus, he said.

Dr. Azim said the newly launched campaign would target nearly 156,000 children of the refugee families the province. 

A tribal elder in Barmal district, Noorgul Wazir, said the six children contracted the poliovirus due to negligence of the health department.

He said four of the infected children belonged to the Pakistani migrants and the remaining two belonged to local residents.

Deputy governor Attuallah Fazli confirmed the six polio cases in Barmal district, accusing health officials of negligence. He promised all-out efforts at preventing the disease in the province.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, 12 positive polio cases have been detected nationwide this year.

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