Publish dateTuesday 3 September 2019 - 00:40
Story Code : 190945
Fresh polio cases reported in Afghanistan: gov
Two fresh polio cases had been detected in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province, the Ministry of Public Health said on Monday.
"With these two new cases, the total number of polio cases in 2019 reaches 15 in the country, all of which were reported from inaccessible areas. Fourteen of the 15 polio cases have been reported from the south," the ministry said in a statement.
Polio virus could be rapidly transferred and the only preventable way was vaccination, the statement said.
"Access to health services is the right of every citizen of the country," Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz was quoted as saying.
The ongoing conflicts have been hindering the efforts to stamp out the infectious disease in the mountainous country.
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