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Kandahar baby girl tested positive for polio virus



Kandahar baby girl tested positive for polio virus

Jul 13, 2017 - 17:14

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A new polio case has been diagnosed in an 18-months-old baby girl in southern Kandahar province, an official said Thursday.

Kamal Shah, UNICEF’s public relations head for Kandahar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the new polio case in Bakhto area of Shah Walikot district took the number of positive polio cases to two.

The previous case was detected in Loya Weyala area in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, this year.

Kamal Shah said the baby girl had been given polio drops for only four times and had connection with the previously registered case in Kandahar City.

The baby contracted polio virus after a number of relatives from Loya Weyala area visited her family, he added.

So far five positive polio cases have been registered in the country --- two in Kandahar, two in Helmand and one in northern Kunduz province.

Public healthinfo-icon officials in Kandahar said Talibaninfo-icon’s opposition to anti-polio vaccination in a number of districts was a major cause of the increasing polio cases.

A public health official in Kandahar, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok that the Taliban were not allowing vaccination campaigns in Shah Walikot, Mianshin, Khakrez and Spin Boldak districts of Kandahar since three months.

He said Taliban’s conditions for allowing the anti-polio vaccination included hiring their members as polio workers and replacing them with government related campaigners.

The official added polio vaccination program officials had started efforts to resolve the problem.

Public health director Dr. Mohammad Azim Zmaryal said they were trying to address problems anti-polio campaigns faced.

“Unfortunately societyinfo-icon’s support to this program is very weak and the transfer of the virus from one area to another is another problem”, he said.

Kandahar residents said the Taliban should not play politics with children’s health.

Jan Mohammad, a resident of Shah Walikot district, said in the past at least half of the residents missed polio vaccination, but now all were deprived of it. He said the number of positive polio cases would increase if the situation continued.



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