In Afghanistan a nationwide campaign to administer polio vaccines to 9.9 million children under the age of five has been launched by the Afghan Public Health Ministry. The five-day drive was launched as 56 polio cases were detected in Afghanistan in 2020, reports Xinhua news agency. The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing insurgency and conflicts have been hindering the efforts to stamp out the infectious disease in the mountainous country as millions of children from areas inaccessible to vaccination teams might miss the ongoing vaccination drive. ‘Afghanistan has launched polio vaccination targeting 9.9 million children under the age of 5. ’ Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two remaining polio endemic countries in the world., according to the Unicef. The ban on house-to-house campaign approach since May 2018 has impacted negatively on the polio eradication progress in Afghanistan, leading to 3.4 million children being missed in every round of a National Immunization Day (NID), it said. The situation deteriorated further when a nationwide ban was imposedon all vaccinations in April 2019 for a period of five months, exposing nearly 10 million children to the poliovirus.Source: IANS << Corticosteroids And Chloroquine Can Interfere With Covaxin Covaxin Efficacy Meets WHO Standards, Says Joint Drugs Contr... >> 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 Quiz on Polio Polio was one of the dreaded diseases that left its victims paralyzed and disabled for life. Test your knowledge on this condition, which hopefully will soon be history! ... READ MORE Immunization Protect your child from various deadly diseases by giving the vaccinations at the right age. This tool helps you schedule the vaccinations of your child. READ MORE Door-To-Door Polio Immunization in Yemen Yemen has launched a polio vaccination campaign for more than 4 million children in the north of the war-torn country. READ MORE Hypermobility Syndrome Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition in which a person can move his joints far beyond the normal range. 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 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 Sanatogen Blood Pressure Calculator More News on: PoliomyelitisHypermobility SyndromeTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!