About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

UN Says 200,000 Afghan Children Missed Out on Polio Vaccination

by Rajashri on September 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM
Font : A-A+

 UN Says 200,000 Afghan Children Missed Out on Polio Vaccination

In a shocking report the United Nations has revealed that some 200,000 children could not be vaccinated during a three-day polio immunisation drive in southern Afghanistan because of Taliban-linked violence in their areas.

The UN launched the three-day vaccination campaign in six Afghan provinces on its Peace Day, September 21, with an aim to immunise 1.85 million children under five against the crippling disease.

Advertisement

But "regrettably 190,000 children, most of them in districts of (southern) Helmand and Kandahar (provinces), could not be reached because of obstruction or fighting," UN spokesman Jamil Danish told reporters.

This was despite pledges from the Taliban, responsible for much of the violence in those areas, to not attack or hinder the thousands of vaccinators, most of them volunteers or health workers.
Advertisement

International and Afghan forces had also agreed to hold fire on Peace Day and afterwards accused the Taliban of carrying out several attacks.

Afghanistan is one of a handful of countries that still has the crippling polio virus, with 18 new cases reported this year, all in the south and east where insurgent violence is the strongest and health workers most at risk.

The UN again called on Afghans to leave health workers out of their disputes for another nation-wide polio vaccination campaign due next month.

Source: AFP
RAS/L
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids Poliomyelitis Hypermobility Syndrome 

Recommended Reading
Poliomyelitis
Polio is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. It results in paralysis and generally ......
Ramadoss Vows Commitment for 'tobacco Free India'
Union Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss today reiterated that India should not only be smoke ......
Thousands of Children Fail to Get Polio Vaccination in Troubled Regions of Pakistan
Thousands of children in the troubled regions of NWFP and FATA were not vaccinated against polio ......
Hypermobility Syndrome
Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition in which a person can move his joints far beyond the normal .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use