Kabul – World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the measles vaccination process has started in 24 provinces of the country, and it is estimated that more than 1.2 million children aged 6-59 months will be vaccinated.
According to WHO, around 9,200 health workers are currently volunteering to cover 49 districts in 24 provinces in a week-long campaign scheduled 12–17 March.
Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Nuristan, Paktika, and Paktia provinces are in the priority list.
Similarly, in Parwan, Sar-e-Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, and Zabul provinces, the children will receive oral polio drops children along with measles vaccination.
“This measles vaccination campaign is part of the national response to take precautionary measures of the sickness outbreak, save the children and reduce the burden on health systems”, says Dr. Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in Afghanistan.
The measles cases among children have increased rapidly this year. From January 2021 to March 13, 2022, 48,366 new cases and 250 deaths from measles are registered worldwide.
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