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Polio paralyzes child in Herat: positive case reported

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The authorities in Herat province have reported a positive case of polio.

On Tuesday, June 11, the Information and Culture Department of the province in Herat announced that a five-year-old child in the village of “Qabr-e Mir” in the Koh-Zor district of this province had contracted polio.

The Department of Information and Culture identified the child as Sayed Gul and stated that he had been permanently paralyzed.

Officials cited the reason for this five-year-old child’s polio infection as his father’s refusal to vaccinate him against polio.

Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported two positive cases of polio in 2024 in the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan.

Despite the Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with foreign aid organizations, having repeatedly launched polio vaccination campaigns across Afghanistan, the disease’s spread among children is still observed.

Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The persistence of the virus in these regions poses a significant challenge to global eradication efforts.

The forced deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has heightened the risk of polio spreading in the country. Many of these refugees lack proper medical care and vaccination, which increases the likelihood of the virus spreading in communities that have previously been polio-free.

In both Afghanistan and Pakistan, access to medical care is often limited, particularly in rural and conflict-affected areas. This lack of access hampers efforts to vaccinate all children, leaving pockets of the population vulnerable to polio outbreaks.

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