Strong effort presented in fight Afghani polio fight

Officials with the World Health Organization reported this week that they have vaccinated more than 1.2 million children in Afghanistan in an effort to fight polio following an outbreak in Tajikstan, according to a news report filed by the UN News Centre.

As of June 5, approximately 200 cases were near Tajikstan’s border, officials said, noting the disease was thought to have been eradicated in the region nearly a decade ago. The Tajikstan-Afghanistan border served as the target area for the WHO vaccination drive, which was held earlier this month.

During the drive, officials said, more than 1 million children were vaccinated against polio. WHO officials say they took a “no child left behind” approach to the vaccination drive. Who officials told the UN News Centre that they set up immunization posts at border crossing points to reach all children traveling between the two countries.

WHO officials also made house to house visits, set up mobile clinics and had fixed teams in place in local hospitals.

Polio is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, and is often marked by acute flaccid paralysis among sufferers. It has been eradicated from much of the world, but the virus can travel long distances relatively rapidly.