Four-Day Polio Vaccination Campaign Kicks Off in 31 Provinces of Afghanistan

Monday, 03/13/2023

The Taliban Ministry of Public Health announced that a four-day polio vaccine campaign has started in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.

According to the Taliban ministry, more than 9.4 million children under the age of five will be vaccinated during this campaign.

The provinces of Bamiyan, Daikundi, and Ghor have not been included in the current vaccination round.

The Taliban did not say whether they will implement the vaccine programme for these areas after the winter season ends in Afghanistan.

Earlier in 2022, the Taliban’s Ministry of Public Health also conducted a four-day polio vaccination campaign in 16 provinces of Afghanistan.

According to the Taliban, Afghanistan has recorded two positive cases of polio in Kunar and Paktika provinces in 2022.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries that have not been able to eradicate polio so far.

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