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Afghanistan Is Close to Eradicating Polio

KABUL (BNA) Sources affiliated with the United Nations in Kabul have announced that the incidence of polio in Afghanistan has reached its lowest level in the past year.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a report on Tuesday saying that the registration of positive polio cases for the first time in history has decreased to one case in 2022 in Afghanistan, while the number of positive polio cases in 2021 was four.

OCHA’s resumption of the nationwide polio vaccination campaign to cover 9.9 million children this year is a vital step in the fight against this deadly disease, and Afghanistan has a tremendous opportunity to end polio.

The investigation of the 16-member team of the polio surveillance system in 25 provinces of Afghanistan has shown that the possibility of transmission of the polio virus is very low, according to OCHA.

OCHA said that reaching all parts of Afghanistan and implementing nationwide programs to eradicate polio have been successful, but at the same time, there is still a risk of a resurgence of the virus.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is optimistic that Afghanistan is approaching the eradication of polio, but this organization warned last week of the spread of new diseases such as cholera, measles, dengue, and Congo this year in the country.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries in the world that witness the presence of polio.

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