Polio still a concerning disease among Afghan children

Few days ago, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with the leaders of the country and the minister of public health discussing key issues on eradication of polio nationwide.
On the first day of his two-day visit to Afghanistan, the WHO director commended the progress made in public health services and called for the country and partners to continue efforts to increase resources to build up a health system for all Afghans and polio eradication.
According to a statement from the organization, the newly developed package merges and updates the Basic Package of Health Services and the Essential Package of Hospital Services, and for the first time includes interventions for emergency trauma care and the prevention and provision of basic care for the most common chronic diseases.
The country’s public health minister, appreciated the continuing support from WHO and the international community and said: “Financing and implementation of this package will be a major step in addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and trauma. It is therefore essential that this package is sufficiently funded. We call for continued support of WHO and other international partners for technical and financial assistance.”
The minister also reemphasized the commitment for eradicating polio in Afghanistan.
“Today, 90% districts of the country remain polio free. We had setbacks in the South and the East, but we are addressing those challenges by developing alternate strategies and implementing the new National Emergency Action Plan in 2019,” said Dr Firoz, the country’s public health minister.
The leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah, also in separate meetings with the WHO director discussed some issues relating to the polio eradication in the country.
According to reports, despites confirmation by the organs concerned many cases of polio have been found in some remote districts of the country.
Many cases have been found affected some children in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, with some other in the west.
Though, efforts of the government of Afghanistan made in eradicating polio is commendable, but this should be mentioned, the disease still existed in some parts of the country and not only the government of Afghanistan, but also the entire partners of the country should do their best to uproot the disease countrywide.
As the WHO is said to remain committed with the Afghan and other international partners in eradication of polio, the people of Afghanistan also hope for more efforts in uprooting the disease.

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