KABUL: Officials in the Ministry of Public Health has said that two fresh positive cases of polio have been registered in southern Uruzgan and northern Baghlan provinces.
According to health officials the families of the polio affected children live in Dand-e-Ghori and Khas Uruzgan districts, and that the areas were out of government’s control and deprived of medical facilities.
Dr. Abdul Qayum Khplwak, head of the medical institute for the southern part of Afghanistan said that one of the two children have been deprived of polio vaccination in Khas Urozgan district of the province.
He said that despite tremendous efforts towards fighting the polio, there are great obstacles against the implementation of process.
“Until every child doesn’t receive polio vaccination, our efforts would not reach a complete goal,” he said, adding, “the fresh case in Uruzgan shows that southern provinces are facing serious polio threats.”
Meanwhile, a local medical in charge for polio affairs in Baghlan, Marjan Rasikh has put the age of the polio affected child to four years old, saying that the case has marked the initial positive polio in the province.
Over 24 positive polio cases have been recorded from the beginning of 2019. More than eight cases in Uruzgan, five in Helmand, four in Kandahar, two in Paktia and three other cases in Badghis, Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.
To prevent the positive cases of polio, the health officials said that anti polio vaccination should be implemented across the country.