About 8.9 million children below five years of ages would be vaccinated during the second round of polio vaccination campaign across the country, an official said on Sunday.
The campaign was launched after administering polio drops to a child by President Hamid Karzai.
The three day vaccination drive would be carried out home to home by 56,000 volunteers, a public health ministry official, Aqa Gul Dost, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said vitamin (I) tables would also be administered to eight million children between six months and five years of age.
Three positive cases of polio each in Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces were recorded during the ongoing year, compared to 17 in Nangarhar, Kunar and Helmand a year back, he added.
Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil and other officials attended the ceremony during the launch of polio vaccination drive at the presidential palace, a statement from Karzai’s office said.
During the ceremony, Dalil urged influential figures and prayer leaders to help in implementation of the campaign and encourage parents to administer polio drops to their children.