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UNICEF, MoPH to Launch Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign in Weeks


The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) are set to initiate a joint polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan in less than two weeks.

Up to nine million Afghan children under the age of five are expected to receive polio drops during the campaign.
But continued threats and insurgency appeared to have undermined the vaccination process in some volatile regions of the country, an issue which has increased the number of polio cases among Afghan children in certain regions.
The polio campaign will start from August 29 and will continue for two days across the country.
"The difference between this round of campaign and rest of the campaigns is that this time it covers the whole country and this time besides polio drops, other vitamins will be given to children," said Sayed Kamal Shah, a UNICEF official in Afghanistan.