Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New program aims to vaccinate a million Afghan children against polio

The World Heath Organization and the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) have begun a campaign to vaccinate over one million children against polio in three days in conflict-riddled southern Afghanistan, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported Sunday.

According to the article, deputy governor of Kandahar province Ghulam Jailani ceremoniously began the campaign by delivering doses to two children. Speaking with reporters, he explained that his staff is working with local elders to ensure that they allow the campaign’s health workers into their villages.

A UNICEF health specialist said that efforts to administer the vaccine in the precarious province have gained significant community support.

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