(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: The number of polio positive cases in Afghanistan has
reached to 10th so far in 2019, where forth of it only reported from Uruzgan
province with a new one detected in Mehr Abad area of Tirinkot, the provincial
According to Ministry of Public Health, a 21-month-old girl is
permanently paralyzed in Tirinkot, making it 10th cases of polio in Afghanistan
Health ministry in a statement said that last week another
polio case reported from Trinkot, which paralyzed a 30-month-old boy.
House-to-house polio campaigns were banned in this area
since May 2018. This means children under five living in the area have not been
vaccinated and protected from the virus since then, the ministry added.
Only one out of 10 polio cases were reported from Eastern
Kunar province while the rest have been reported from the southern region: 4-
case in Urozgan, 3 -in Helmand and 2- case in Kandahar.
'Access to health services is the right of every citizen of
the country,' said Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Minister of Public Health of
Afghanistan, 'we are deeply concerned about the increasing polio cases and the
number of children who still don't have consistent access to vaccination. The
virus could spread and more children will be affected and paralyzed
by polio virus in Afghanistan. I ask everyone to work together and protect
innocent children against polio, to provide a safe and secure environment for
our frontline workers to vaccinate children in every corner of the country.'
The polio vaccine is safe, even for sick and newborn
children. It is very important that newborns and sick children get the vaccine,
because they may have lower immunity which makes them more susceptible to the
Polio vaccination has also been strongly endorsed by
national and global Islamic scholars, the statement added.