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Due to the Afghan crisis, polio may spread again around the world, India may also be at risk

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In the midst of the Corona epidemic, there is a danger of spreading this infection due to the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan, on the other hand there is also a possibility of the spread of polio virus. The World Health Organization’s expert committee on polio has also warned member countries that the risk of spreading polio virus internationally has increased again due to the civil war-like situation in Afghanistan.

The Emergency Committee constituted under the International Health Regulation, 2005, after its 29th meeting, said that the efforts made for the prevention of polio are commendable, but it is not the time to be complacent about it.

“With the escalating military conflict, the ongoing inaccessibility in many provinces of Afghanistan poses a major risk,” the committee said during the meeting. In southern Afghanistan alone, about one million children have not received the vaccine for the past three years. The number of children who are not vaccinated is increasing.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio is present. Vaccination efforts have faced difficulties since 2018 because they banned door-to-door vaccination in areas where the Taliban were strong.

Let us inform that realizing the threat of polio in Afghanistan, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has already announced that people returning from there will be vaccinated against polio as a precautionary measure.

“We have decided to administer free anti-polio vaccines – OPV and FIPV as a precaution against wild polio virus to people returning from Afghanistan,” Mandaviya tweeted. He said that congratulations to the health team for their effort to ensure public health.

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