Third Case of Polio Sparks Concern in Afghanistan: Urgent Action Needed
Officials from the Taliban’s Directorate of Public Health in Nangarhar province have announced the registration of the third case of polio in this province.
Mawlawi Abdul Rahim Qalandari, the head of the Taliban’s Directorate of Public Health in Nangarhar, stated that this incident was registered today (Thursday, May 25th) in the Ghazian district of Nangarhar province.
The victim is a two-year-old child.
With the registration of this new case, it marks the third child in Nangarhar to fall victim to polio. The previous victim was a five-year-old child who lost his life due to this disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consider vaccination of children as the only way to prevent the spread of this disease in Afghanistan.
In late last month, the Taliban Ministry of Public Health announced the commencement of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign in 23 provinces of the country.
Despite previous optimism about the eradication of this disease in Afghanistan, the registration of new cases in the country has raised concerns.