A scheduled nationwide polio vaccination drive scheduled across Afghanistan, which is slated for Monday, is said to be taking place in 15 of the country’s 34 provinces, dpa has reported.
The Taliban-led government said the remaining 19 were too unsafe for the vaccinators to go door-to-door as planned.
According to the Health Ministry’s polio coordinator, Naik Wali Shah Momin, the vaccine would rather be given out at mosques in those 19 provinces, starting from next Monday.
Another health official who asked not to be named said the Taliban have security concerns in those provinces, especially in the east, because they have seen deadly attacks on vaccinators in the past.
Still, the vaccination campaign led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations children’s agency were able to begin going from door to door as planned in 15 provinces.
Last month, the WHO and UNICEF said they received the Taliban’s green light to resume a nationwide house-to-house polio vaccination in November, after a three-year pause.
Afghanistan and Pakistan were among only a few countries in the world where polio was still endemic.
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