Sixth case of polio reported in Afghanistan amid vaccination campaign

The eastern province of Nangarhar reported a new positive case of poliovirus on Thursday, marking the sixth such case reported in the country so far this year.

According to a statement from the Taliban’s Ministry of Public Health, the case emerged in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar, affecting a 12-year-old child.

This latest case arises on the third day of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign, targeting approximately 11 million children under the age of five across Afghanistan.

Nek Mohammed Shah Momin, the Taliban’s Head of the National Emergency Operations Centers for Polio Eradication, underscored the significance of polio vaccination and called for rigorous adherence to hygiene practices within families to curtail the virus’s spread.

All six reported cases have originated in Nangarhar province, raising concerns about the potential spread of the virus to other regions of the country.

These cases were documented in various districts of the province, including Behsood, Batikot, Dur Baba, Kot, and Nazyan.