Polio Vaccination Campaign Regains Access to all Areas of Kunduz Province - Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan

Polio Vaccination Campaign Regains Access to all Areas of Kunduz Province

Press Release

Kabul, 11 April 2017:  Identifying a positive polio case in Kunduz province, the authorities of the Polio Eradication Program put earnest efforts to regain access for implementation of the polio vaccination campaign in areas which have been left out due to lack of security.  
 
During the first spring campaign in 2017, all children under the age of five years, whose number reached more than 342000, received polio vaccine in Kunduz province.
 
Previously, due to security issues, more than 173000 children under five years did not receive polio vaccination in some districts including Dasht-e-archi, Khanabad, Qala-e-Zal, Ali Abad, Chahar Dara, Emam Sahib and some other districts. It is worth mentioning that polio vaccination campaign has been completely implemented in Dchsht-e--Archi and Chahar Darreh districts, and other districts have been partly covered. Polio Vaccination Campaign has not been implemented in the above mentioned districts since January 2016 till March 2017. 
It is noteworthy that recently, a positive polio case has been identified in Shinwari village of Dasht-e-Archi district, where a 14 years old boy has been effected by polio disease. Polio campaign vaccinators got access to districts of Kunduz province, after a positive polio case has been identified in Shinwari village. 
 
Insecurity and armed conflict is a major challenge facing the implementation of the polio vaccination campaign in the country.  Polio Eradication Program in Afghanistan is impartial and has no connection to any party; therefore, quarrel parties have always been encouraged to provide safe and secure environment for vaccinators and health workers for a successful implementation of the polio vaccination campaign to protect children against polio disease across the country.
 
There is no cure for polio and the only way to prevent polio disease is the vaccine.  Fortunately polio is one of the diseases that can be completely eradicated. As couple of years ago the Chicken Pox disease had widely spread and effected people and it was completely eradicated by implementation of a vaccine across the country. 
 
Most countries have managed to eliminate polio; though Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only countries which are still suffering from polio disease.  Since the polio virus spreads rapidly, it is a global effort to wipe the disease from all over the world, otherwise, it will be a big threat to other countries once again.