A polio vaccination camp has been launched on Monday in 179 high-risk districts in Afghanistan by the Afghan Public Health Ministry. Afghanistan along with Pakistan and Nigeria is one of the three countries in the world where polio remains as endemic. UNICEF offers support to the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan in finding innovative ways to reach children for immunization and to develop trust in the importance of vaccination campaigns. The campaign will cover 5.4 million children under five years, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying. ‘Ongoing conflict and political instability have made vaccination difficult, and migration across the borders of Pakistan has made it even more challenging, making the disease more vulnerable to children of both sides.’ The campaign will continue till January 25 in the west, central and southeast regions and from January 28 to February 1 in the south and the east regions. The ongoing insurgency and conflicts have been hindering government efforts to curb the infectious disease in the war-torn country as more than 20 polio cases were detected in 2018. Source: IANS << Concussions may Lead to Epilepsy Basophils Play Key Role in Sepsis Prevention >> Recommended Reading Poliomyelitis Polio is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. It results in paralysis and generally affects people of all age groups, children being more susceptible READ MORE Post-Polio Syndrome Post polio syndrome occurs a long time after an early attack of poliomyelitis virus. Gradual progressive weakening in muscles, fatigue, joint pain and a decrease in the size of muscles are key symptoms. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Hypermobility Syndrome Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition in which a person can move his joints far beyond the normal range. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Doctor Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: PoliomyelitisHypermobility SyndromeTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!