Covid 19 delayed after polio vaccination in Pakistan and Afghanistan | Global development

Polio vaccination campaign has resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The last two countries in the world have survived polio.

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during March and March Certified cases It has now risen to 34 in Afghanistan and 63 in Pakistan – where the first cases of the disease have been reported in parts of the country.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Health, most new cases have been recorded in the southern provinces this year. “This is an increase,” said Akmal Samsor, a spokesman for the health ministry.

“This is because we have not had a door-to-door vaccination campaign in the last three months because the ministry fears that volunteers who can vaccinate children can help [Covid-19] The virus has spread.

Corona virus left an estimate after 50 million children without polio vaccine Programs resumed in Afghanistan’s three provinces in July, with a second campaign set to begin in half of the country this month. The first round of vaccinations in Pakistan took place in late July, involving about 780,000 children, with plans to launch a nationwide campaign later this month.

Pakistani officials Said Three day campaign Will be launched A long five-day campaign is underway in most districts of the country, as well as in Karachi, Peshawar, Khyber and Quetta.

“These life-saving vaccines are important if children are to avoid another health emergency,” said Zhang Gu, UNICEF’s director for South Asia. “Since the world has only just gotten better, the virus knows no borders.” It is known that no child is safe from polio unless every child is safe. “

“Although we have experienced new challenges and setbacks in the fight against polio due to COVD-19, the eradication of this contagious disease will be back on track and is firmly within our reach,” Gough said.

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