Afghanistan's 10th Case This Year

A 21-month-old girl in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province became the country’s 10th polio case this year.
 
The girl, whose parents refused her vaccination, was left partially paralyzed.  
 
Of ~9 million children eligible for vaccination in the country, around 860,000 did not receive polio drops in 2018, mainly due to insecurity in Taliban-controlled areas, says Hedayatullah Stanekzai, the health ministry’s polio lead.
 
“We are deeply concerned about the Taliban’s ban on WHO and ICRC’s activities,” Stanekzai added, warning that if the ban is not lifted soon, polio virus will spread out to areas cleared in the past 18 years.

Reuters


 

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